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Willie Lin's Lesser Birds of Paradise conjures a complex and thrilling world—imbued with the kinetic energy of the philosopher's mind, the “nervous space of a thought/sudden and lit,” and with the mysterious beauty of the unknown, its “violets pressed dark/with the scent of yes & no, like the deep.” Among Lin's refreshingly wicked indictment of our human folly—"the opposite of history is not future but obliteration", she writes—a hard-earned allegiance to the precision and power of language, what she calls our “stupid lexicon” sneaks through, albeit on the “wrong side of an emergency.” “If you can imagine your voice keeping someone else aloft,” Lin writes, “It is not nothing, keep speaking.”

- Marni Ludwig

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16 cm square
Edited by Andrea Blancas Beltran
Printed in Ghent, Belgium, by Alfabet Drukkerij
Numbered edition of 130
June 2016

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