Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu with Amaranth Borsuk

Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu, two poets with recent books out, and with a jointly translated new book of poetry also out, read here this evening from the next books. Joshua Edwards, also an editor in addition to being a poet and translator, has three earlier books of poems out, and now The Double Lamp of Solitude (Rising Tide Projects / Canarium Books). This newest book, which includes photographs, ruminates on the death-sites, and lives and work of the poets Friedrich Hölderlin, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Miguel Hernández.

Lynn Xu follows her earlier full-length collection, Debts & Lessons, with a striking new volume out from Seattle’s Wave Books, And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight. Her book-length poem takes on a lot: ‘reality,  metaphysical reckoning, ant internationale for the world-historical surrealist insurgency, and arte povera for the wretched of the earth, Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu together have translated contemporary Chinese poet Lao Yang’s Pee Poems (Circumference Books).

"These crisp, lean and clean words of Yang conjure up a landscape situated in uncertain times and with movable spiritual boundaries. Determined to resist the powerful tides of propaganda from political and commercial life, Yang's poems here, like his struggle in the real world, intrigue, provoke and challenge simultaneously."—Zhang Er, joined in pre-publication praise by Ken Chen, Ha Jiu, Eileen Myles, and Rob Mazurek.

Also joining us this evening is Amaranth Borsuk, Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she also serves as Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics. She is the author most recently of The Book (MIT Press) and has published several collections of poetry.  

Registration for this event is optional.





The Double Lamp of Solitude Cover Image
ISBN: 9781734481624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Rising Tide Projects / Canarium Books - February 1st, 2022

And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilevered Vase of Moonlight Cover Image
By Lynn Xu
ISBN: 9781950268542
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - April 19th, 2022

Pee Poems Cover Image
By Lao Yang, Joshua Edwards (Translator)
ISBN: 9781949918038
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Circumference Books - March 15th, 2022

Live & In-Person at Elliott Bay Book Company
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Seattle, WA 98122
Friday, June 24, 2022 - 7:00pm
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