Poetry Chapbook, Now Available. 32~ pages. Runner-Up in 2021 New Delta Review Chapbook Contest.
Haolun Xu’s debut poetry chapbook, published with New Delta Review in December 2021. Ultimate Sun Cell is an introspection on different myths involving cataclysm, and the tale of Icarus. Poems featured in the chapbook have been published in New Ohio Review, Meridian, Raleigh Review, Witness, Ruminate, and more.
Blurbs For Ultimate Sun Cell:
“I have the uncanny feeling, reading Haolun Xu’s Ultimate Sun Cell, that I am watching a painting or a film being made—stroke by stroke, frame by frame—from the vantage of the afterlife. (A plein-air, impressionist, speculative, mise en abyme documentary.) Central to that feeling, and to that quality, is Xu’s intuitive and spellbinding inventory of a world at cataclysmic odds with its own intentions, and the individual’s conflicted place within it. His poems, unguarded and porous, transcribe a clear-eyed and tender Revelations. Which is maybe what awaits us off the end of the unfinished world: a poetic accounting of how the lucid definition of our experience was informed, all along, by a sensibility at once hyper-present and posthumous. To listen to your own dreams is a matter of dignity, Xu writes, but to listen to another’s – is prophecy. What if your own dreams are another’s, i.e. what if another’s dreams are your own? Xu’s poetry exists in—and invents, necessarily and profoundly—the flourishing space in between.”
– Brandon Shimoda, Author of O Bon, and The Desert