Fri Jun 24, 7:00 PM - Fri Jun 24, 8:00 PM

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Poets Joshua Edwards, "The Double Lamp of Solitude" reads with Lynn Xu," And Those Ashen Heaps That Cantilvered Vase of Moonlight"

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This is scheduled to be live/in-person at Elliott Bay Book Company.

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 Cantilvered 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 Book (MIT Press) and has published several collections of poetry.

This is scheduled to be live/in-person at Elliott Bay Book Company.

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