Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translated from the Chinese by Ye Chun, Paul B. Roth, and Gillian Parrish. "Longtime factory-worker and Buddhist practitioner, Yang Jian is considered by Chinese poets and public alike to be one of China's most influential contemporary poets. This sustained recognition reflects his work's power in communicating the loss and confusion felt by many Chinese living through a time of breakneck change. With haunting, plain-spoken lines and resonant images, Yang Jian's poems skillfully combine simplicity and fullness—an aesthetic formed by a Taoist-Confucian commitment to balance as well as his Buddhist practices of awareness. This contemplative stance shapes a clear-eyed poetry with the depth of vision needed to articulate the personal suffering implicit in ideas of progress driving immense cultural and ecological devastations."—from the introduction by Gillian Parrish
Yang Jian was born in Anhui Province, China, in 1967. A practicing Buddhist and scholar of Chinese traditional culture, he began writing poetry during the mid-80s.Author City: KANEOHE, HI USA
Ye Chun/叶春 is the author of two books of poetry, LANTERN PUZZLE (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Travel Over Water (Bitter Oleander Press, 2005), and a novel in Chinese, 《海上的桃树 》(Peach Tree in the Sea, People's Literature Publishing House, 2011). A recipient of the NEA Fellowship, she teaches at Providence College in Rhode Island. Her most current works are Hao (Catapult, 2021), a collection of short stories and her most anticipated novel, Straw Dogs of the Universe (Catapult, 2023).