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Poor Anima, by Khaty Xiong (used)

Poor Anima, by Khaty Xiong (used)

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Khaty Xiong writes a penumbra poetry. In Poor Anima, lyric and narrative intertwine to form a site where "blacknesses trade spaces with each other, extensions/of shadow and smoke." Xiong's poetry is also a sacrificial poetry, both in the sense that it knows and performs ritual, and in the sense that it gives itself up, completely, to currents that it perceives but can't tame. Don't be tricked into thinking that Xiong's limpid language is the result of uncomplicated thinking. These poems are deeply strange, deeply courageous, deeply beautiful. They "grow back the mysteriousness passed on/through the exodus we sprang from."   - Elizabeth Robinson

Khaty Xiong sings hauntingly of war, violence, and dislocation. Her language, a traumatized body, traverses between welts and wounds, between home and exile. - Don Mee Choi

Poor Anima is a brilliant and serious collection of poems; poems that foreground the perils of a "trapped tongue" yet darkly pushing for its articulate cry and sonorous divining. Her poems are a "wilderness," a "place to be among your kind." The poems are "dear, delightful bones." Xiong is gifted—a telepath with language-- and her poems straddle a narrative undertow that belies exposition in order to "shoot the praying to save yourself." This is an extraordinary debut. - Prageeta Sharma

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