Xue Di’s Across Borders

The Chinese poet Xue Di 雪迪 came to the United States immediately after the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 in Beijing, becoming writer-in-residence at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was a fellow in Brown’s Freedom to Write Program.

In his newest book, Across Borders, Xue Di writes marvelously rich prose poems on a large variety of “things”–in the sense of the French poet Francis Ponge’s Le Parti pris des choses–both specific and abstract. From highly poetic confrontations with “Shadow,” “Music,” and “Bubbles,” the poet faces very specific and contemporary concerns such as an “Eatery,” a “Gift,” and a longer work on “Blue White Water.”

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