Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras were honoured and excited to feature the talented and amazing Luxi Xu who called from Portugal on June 16th. Luxi had to get up early to make the 5:02 am call for the show at 9:10 pm PST! Her words of wisdom for young writers were memorable and the introduction to each poem set up the poems beautifully. *Note: We have her parents permission to feature her and instead of her photo, we are using the book cover which has a fascinating introduction. Also thanks to publicist Andrea Hawman for her great work in connecting us. Music by Stan Rogers, Canadian musician and singer.
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Luxi Xu is a 16-year-old student from Lisbon, Portugal with a passion for writing. A junior in high school, she is the head editor of a student magazine, writer for a parent magazine and teacher assistant for 6th grade English class. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Wenzhouhua, English, Portuguese and French fluently, Spanish at a reasonable level and knows basic Japanese. Beyond writing, Xu loves to read and draw. “Vulnerability” is her first book to be published. www.facebook.com/luxixu.official – facebook page: www.worldofluxi.wordpress.com – blog www.luxixu.com – to purchase the book.
***16 years old, seven languages, one poetry collection!
Young author draws on teenage experience for new book.
LISBON, Portugal – Between her roles as head editor of a student paper, writer for a parent magazine, head of a school house, teacher assistant and now author, Luxi Xu’s schedule suggests she desires something greater than a typical 16 year old.
In her new poetry collection “Vulnerability,” Xu provides a humanized look into a variety of longings and emotions from her vantage point as a teenager.
“I spend the majority of my time creating personas and worlds in my mind, which I try to trap on paper before they escape,” Xu said. “So these words will be strange and peculiar but all the more attractive.”
Xu, a Portugal native with Chinese heritage, also reflects on different cultures in her work. With a passion for languages, she now speaks seven from four continents.
“My experiences are unique,” Xu said. “Culture clash manifests itself within me through both controversial and extremist views of the world.”
“Vulnerability” asks questions about love, life and humanity. Through her experiences, Xu illustrates hardships and glories.
By: Luxi Xu
Softcover retail price: $14.95
E-book retail price: $3.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse
I present to you my beating heart,
Pumping my dreams across your shoes.
I offer you my silenced lips
To tenderly kiss till love bears fruit.
I give to you my mind
Scarred and dented with slivers of absolute.
Accept me as I am before you
Stripped bare and bleeding truth.
Crying tears through drying routes
Torn apart by darkness and youth.
Perpetually changing, rambling,
And my words sealed with the silence.
My thoughts trapped at my fingertips
While I embrace them as my soul.
I present to you my shattered heart
Stomped on and spat on by your careless words.
I offer you my trembling lips
With cracked smiles that can hide no more.
I give to you my soul
As you rip it from me and call it your own.
Accept me for who I am and not
What I have come to believe.
See me for the real me and not
What the world perceives.
You’ve taken my heart, my mind, my soul,
And it all comes down to my stupidity.
I am now left with nothing. Breathless
Alone with my vulnerability
Luxi Xu ©