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Xing
Debora Kuan




Saturnalia
2011 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9833686-1-8



Debora Kuan explores cultural, psychological, and physical crossings in her debut collection

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.

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From the Book:

Snug Guns

One took the place of the horse. Split
ropes, dun hearse, he

dragged the crippled wagon
over a hillock of bees.

The rest of inside—I, up front—
rode and cocked our guns

against an army of muscle
and hum. Our crepe paper

faces awake.
This is the pine needle

I shove deep in hand
to remind me of my hand.

Teach me how to swathe myself—
a private binding—

against the arrival of hooves.



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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