SPACECRAFT PRESS OO7: “THREE POEMS” BY XU LIZHI

DSC_0004Spacecraft Press has chosen to publish a chapbook of three poems written by Xu Lizhi, a Foxconn employee who committed suicide on September 30th, 2014, at the age of 24. These poems, along with their English translations, appear on a webpage of the Nao Project, established in order to memorialize the poet. This chapbook is available free of charge.

Xu moved from his rural home in Jieyang, Guangdong in 2010, in order to work at the Foxconn electronics factory in Shenzhen. Xu Lizhi’s work has previously appeared in Foxconn’s internal newspaper, entitled Foxconn People.

The striking images Xu constructs convey a deep despair and frustration at the oppressive monotony and inhumane working conditions at the Foxconn plant where he worked. The chapbook contains Mandarin and English versions of each poem.

In 2010, 18 individuals employed at the Foxconn electronics factory in Shenzhen attempted to commit suicide. 14 workers were successful. These suicides have resulted in Foxconn installing several large nets designed to catch further employees attempting to leap to their deaths, and in Foxconn asking their employees to sign “no-suicide” pledges.

30 copies available for free (limit of 1 copy per person/request). To obtain a copy, please contact Ken Hunt at jkchunt@hotmail.com.

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