John Yau Poems
- Russian Letter It is said, the past sticks to the ...
- The Missing Portrait (1) It does not do you like ...
- Introduction It had to be from someone whose grandparents ...
- Ill-Advised Love Poem Come live with me And we will ...
- Hearsay Song They are dying out and I want to reach them ...
- First Language Lesson As you may have inferred, Ka Pow is not...
- Confessions of a Recycled Shop... I used to be a plastic...
John Yau (born 1950) is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of poetry, artists' books, fiction, and art criticism.
According to Matthew Rohrer's profile on Yau from Poets & Writers Magazine, Yau's parents settled in Boston after emigrating from China in 1949. His father was a bookkeeper. As a child Yau was friends with the son of the Chinese-born abstract painter John Way. By the late 1960s Yau was exposed to, "a lot of anti-war poetry readings in Boston [and] so I'd heard Robert Bly, Denise Levertov, Galway Kinnell, people like ... more »
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It is said, the past
sticks to the present
that we are flies
struggling to pull free
It is said, someone
go so far
Nor am I Rembrandt,
master of the black
and green darkness,
the hawk's plumes
as it shrieks
down from the sky