There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife
Radix Media, 2020
Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes
Winner of the Own Voices Chapbook Prize
Winner of Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award
Runner up for Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Prize
Now in its third reprinting, JinJin Xu’s debut chapbook is an elegiac illumination of personal and political histories misremembered and censored. There Is Still Singing in the Afterlife is animated by the intimate language of spirits—living, loved, and gone—singing to us from the hereafter.
A poet of deep noticing, JinJin Xu interrogates the nature of witness and memory, taking seriously the consequence of confession in a foreign land, in a language not her own. Xu grapples with a forbidden language—blending the lyric with confession and erasure to sing the unspeakable, to open our eyes to seek the light. This is a stellar debut from a poet you should watch out for.