Commons

Poetry Wendy Xu

If I begin speaking to you now, you will have expectations

You read me, as I read to you, and am read by you

The problem with our reading is that, objectively, I do not control you

You observe me as I walk my body to take my place here before you

To me, you are here before me

In this regard, we are  [...]

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Issue 25

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25

Winter 2017

Author

Wendy Xu is the author of Phrasis (FENCE), which received the 2016 Ottoline Prize, and the poetry editor of Hyperallergic. She was born in Shandong, China, and lives in New York City.

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