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Praise for Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon

Through startling images ("Birds swing into the milk / sky like tiny rags"), Hsu investigates influences that are at once internally and culturally imposed: "Am I filling in this form / or filling it out?"...These are complex reflections on the "intricate want" of selfhood, absolutely uncaged in desire with an inquisition that is more choral than solipsistic.
―Jennifer Still, Winnipeg Free Press

The brief yet memorable poems offer glimpses into the day-to-day drama of the human condition, with particular focus on the borders that divide harmony and dissent, and the seeds of conflict that grow amid strife between individuals and society as a whole. A thoughtful and provocative compilation, that lingers in the mind and spirit long after being read.
The Midwest Book Review

Clearly, this is not … your regular poetry book but, rather, one that is intended to take you out of your complacency by challenging your expectations … Hsu brings to mind the writings of Anne Carson, as both have sought to bridge the divide between genres, both in their own way and both quite successfully.
―John Herbert Cunningham, Prairie Fire


By turns elegiac, graceful, and dramatic, Hsu’s second book is a deeply intelligent and felt contribution.
―Kit Dobson, The Goose