Poor Anima by Khaty Xiong


“Khaty Xiong sings hauntingly of war, violence, and dislocation. Her language, a traumatized body, traverses between welts and wounds, between home and exile.”

—Don Mee Choi

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“Khaty Xiong writes a penumbra poetry. In POOR ANIMA, lyric and narrative intertwine to form a site where ‘blacknesses trade spaces with each other, extensions/of shadow and smoke.’ Xiong’s poetry is also a sacrificial poetry, both in the sense that it knows and performs ritual, and in the sense that it gives itself up, completely, to currents that it perceives but can’t tame. Don’t be tricked into thinking that Xiong’s limpid language is the result of uncomplicated thinking. These poems are deeply strange, deeply courageous, deeply beautiful. They ‘grow back the mysteriousness passed on/through the exodus we sprang from.'”

—Elizabeth Robinson

Khaty Xiong is a second-generation Hmong-American from Fresno, CA. Born to Hmong refugees from Laos, she is the seventh daughter among her 15 brothers and sisters. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Montana, and is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Deer Hour(New Michigan Press, 2014) and Elegies (University of Montana, 2013), which was the winning manuscript for the university’s annual Merriam-Frontier Award. POOR ANIMA is her first full-length collection. Currently, she resides in Dublin, OH.

Poor Anima by Khaty Xiong