Wendy Xu

music box

I tried on the house, its shutters dressed white

See it there wasting behind trees, the light and with it

Our looking into a field beyond four corners of a frame

Music begins in the body, moves out

I appear myself in public moving nearer the bronze fountain

People gather up their people, half in-scene

Placed by principles of natural order I open my mouth

My language slips through and through me again

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013), and two chapbooks. Recent poems have appeared (or will appear) in The Best American Poetry, POETRY, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, The Volta, and elsewhere. She co-edits and publishes iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and teaches writing in Western Massachusetts.

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