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Jeffrey Yang

Jeffrey Yang is the author of the poetry books An Aquarium and the forthcoming Vanishing-Line. He is the translator of Su Shi’s East Slope and a collection of classical Chinese poems called Rhythm 226. Yang is also the co-editor (with Natasha Wimmer) of Two Lines: Some Kind of Beautiful Signal, and the editor of Birds, Beasts, and Seas: Nature Poems from New Directions. He is currently working on a translation of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies.

Photograph by Nina Subin.


  • Books and Ideas April 25, 2011

    Three Poems by Jeffrey Yang

    "Abalone," "Eel," "Greed's Prisoner"

    Jeffrey Yang

  • September 10, 2008

    Eel

    Eels are slimy creatures.
    But never lie. If they sense
    the slightest pretence, they'll
    bite off your finger. Carefully
    study the hands of politicians.

    Jeffrey Yang

  • September 20, 2007

    Abalone

    Abalone Rumsen aulón
    Aristotle auriform Costanoans
    cultivated, Brueghel painted,
    awabi Osahi dove for
    on September 12, 425 A.D.

    Jeffrey Yang