Poetry Centre

Weekly Poem for 21 September 2021

  • Work song of Foxconn

    Jinhao Xie - 1 Worksong of Foxconn - 2

    by Jinhao Xie


    This week we feature the first of three poems by poets appearing in the exciting new online festival Poetics of Home - a Chinese Diaspora Poetry Festival. Poetics of Home begins tomorrow (Wednesday 22 September) and continues until 6 October. The festival is co-ordinated by our Brookes colleague Dr Jennifer Wong, and is designed to connect and showcase the diverse works by established and emerging Anglophone poets writing across the Chinese diaspora. It features a wonderfully rich line-up of speakers from all over the world, such as Marilyn Chin, Mary Jean Chan, Susheila Nasta, Hannah Lowe, and Will Harris, who will be taking part in poetry readings and discussions on a range of urgent themes. The festival is presented in collaboration with Wasafiri and the Institute of English Studies, with the generous support of the Lottery Fund from Arts Council England. For more details about the festival and to sign up for the events, visit the festival website.

    'Work song of Foxconn' is copyright © Jinhao Xie, 2021 and reproduced by permission of the author.

    Jinhao Xie is a poet born in Chengdu. Their poetry touches on themes of culture, self-hood and the everyday. Their work has appeared in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Gutter Magazine, harana poetry, bath magg, Spilled Milk Magazine, and their poems anthologised in Slam! You're Gonna Wanna Hear This, edited by Nikita Gill, and their visual poems are included in Instagram Poems for Every Day by the National Poetry Library.

    You can follow Jinhao Xie on Twitter and Instagram.

    Jinhao will be reading at the ‘Mapping of Desire’ event moderated by Annie Fan in the Poetics of Home festival on Sunday 3 October at 12 noon (UK time), along with Nicholas Wong and Lady Red Ego. For details and to sign up to attend, visit the Eventbrite page.

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