Xing by Debora KuanXing by Debora Kuan


byDebora Kuan

Paperback | October 11, 2011

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XING is about fraught crossings: East versus West, doubt versus belief, conformity versus individuality, the external world versus the internal one. These haunting, startling poems re-cast the world as we think we know it into playfully offbeat and idiosyncratic new molds. Using an array of idiosyncratic voices—an answering machine, a Sixties sanitation worker, a post-war refugee, a marionette, and the head and body of a mannequin, to name just a few—Kuan reinvents the speaker’s voice as an entity that is unfixed, fragmented, peripatetic, and endlessly pleasurable to hear.

About The Author

DEBORA KUAN is the recipient of a Fulbright media arts scholarship (Taiwan), University of Iowa Graduate Merit Fellowship, and a Santa Fe Art Institute writer’s residency. She has also written about contemporary art for Artforum, Art in America, and elsewhere.

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Title:XingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.5 × 5.52 × 0.26 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Saturnalia BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780983368618

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Table of Contents

Articles of Faith
Year of the Beetle
Mollusk & Evening
Anthology of Cyclops
The Silmaker’s Bride
Confessions of Porcelain Animals
Minority Assignment #2
Minority Assignment #7
To Kill a Frog
Awaken, Yellow Chamber
Minority Assignment #8
Paolo & Francesca
Snug Guns
A Suitcase of Lightbulbs Gets Left on the Road
Apprenticeship of the Marionette
The Cue Ball & the Seahorse
We Shall Sit in the Earth and Watch the Performance
Clay Winter Wedding
Stage Notes
The (Pillow) Sham Theory
Torch Song
Dream of Irving
Dream of Sabine
Dream of the Birds
Dream of Mae West
How to Take Black-and-White Pictures
How to Make Bells