With Light and Dust is a poetry volume bringing together Xi Nan and Fish Lu, two of the finest minds in contemporary Chinese literature. Comprising four different poetry selections, from Xi Nan’s account of living in northern China in “1303” to Fish Lu’s examination of modern mundanity in “Fire Hydrant,” With Light and Dust explores urban living, cultural change, and beauty from a non-Western lens.
With Light and Dust is the English-language poetry debut of Xi Nan and Fish Lu. This edition of the book was translated by Xi Nan and features a preface from both authors.
“Xi Nan and Fish Lu are rock and roll; they are a quintessentially Eastern response to American minimalist poetry, something no one else is doing right now, bridging two wildly disparate languages together, reflecting back the urgency of recording our interior monologues like they matter to our cultural divides. In stark recollections of cultural lore, and through the self-translations of lived experience, words become buoys for the metaphysical’s encroachment on the physical, irreality is synthesized, and the chasm between thought and language is laid bare in merciless stress tests of memetic recall. They are at once sobering, poignant, compulsively readable, otherworldly, and painfully human.” — Manuel Marrero, author of Thousands of Lies and Not Yet
“These poems give us a chance to look at the common problem of being human, but from a different perspective.” — Ted Prokash, Joyless House Publishing
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