Review of Wendy Xu's PHRASIS up at 32 Poems

Spoiler: I adored this collection:

Wendy Xu’s Ottoline Prize-winning second collection, Phrasis, deeply disturbs the foundation of sensory experience. The book’s title, taken from Ancient Greek, translates to “manner of expression.” In interrogating both how we perceive and the systems into which we organize perception, the deftly wrought poems of Phrasis challenge the reader’s consumption and creation of “meaning.” There is a central tension between visual perception and language’s system of meaning that dominates Phrasis: “My source text was unresponsive and so varying / methods, slashed it pink instead.”

Read the rest of this review at 32 Poems, here.