John Yau



Softcover, 172 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-168-5
2001 $17.95

Hardcover, 172 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-169-3
$31.95

 

My Heart Is That Eternal Rose Tattoo
stories by John Yau

“John Yau is a prolific poet and art critic, an innovative publisher, editor, and curator, and his new book is an exhilarating collection of short fictions and prose poems. (One untitled piece reads, in its entirety: “The rain conductor glosses the crickets, their long shiny legs trembling in the waterglass morning.”) “With language as lovely as it is strange, he describes paintings not yet painted, photos not yet taken, and movies not yet made. His many admirers will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly



Hardcover,  203 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-062-x
1998, $28.95

Softcover,  203 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-061-1
1998, $16.95

 

My Symptoms
short stories by John Yau

Throughout My Symptoms male and female narrators surprise us with unusual, shifting colloquialisms, with playfully enlivened cliches, pleasing turns of phrase. . .
— The Review of Contemporary Fiction

My Symptoms, a six-sectioned book of short stories, does much to showcase Chinese-American poet John Yau's formidable lyrical abilities. This statement is especially true of the second section, which, as Publishers Weekly says, is filled with "spare, sure, lyrical vignettes reminiscent of Lydia Davis's work." Alienation and isolation are two of the book's main preoccupations, but in it Yau plumbs all of the oftentimes-distressing aspects of the human condition; as The Review of Contemporary Fiction remarked, "These are stories that recount the symptoms of many, if not most."Certainly, all readers are invited to read and perhaps empathize.

 

 


Softcover,  250 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-016-6
1997, $16.95

 

Forbidden Entries
poems by John Yau

Forbidden Entries brings together fifty-four new poems in verse and prose by New York writer John Yau, who has been called "the most important Chinese-American poet of our time" (MultiCultural Review). But, more importantly, Yau has distinguished himself by his resistance to what he has called the "oppressive rules" of conventional discourse: "the structures of language — the accepted narratives, their little boxes." Escaping the stifling containment of those structures has taken Yau's work down some "startling thoroughfares," as critic Edward Foster notes. "His ethnic background marks him as an outsider in America, but he is not interested in merely recording the terms of that exclusion. His work examines ways in which language has long been used, quite often subtly, to oppress and exclude."

Yau's startling thoroughfares conduct us across wastes of "cities . . . fluttering with lost ghouls" through dawn-inkling "Chrome Snooze Lots" to "shrapnel-inlaid verandahs" and "second level nocturnal trellises" where, curtained in mirages, "inhibited shadows wait" . . . . "This, we tell ourselves, is the place where we must start."

 

 


Softcover,  203 pages
ISBN: 0-87685-956-2
1995, $15.95

 

Hawaiian Cowboys
stories by John Yau

Yau refuses to accept easy answers.
— The Review of Contemporary Fiction

In this "intriguing collection of 13 short stories" (Library Journal) Chinese-American poet and author John Yau tackles the problems of being an outcast from society and of the essential difficulty of establishing communion with another human being — large problems, to say the least.

Yau, who again deftly captures both the city that he famously haunts (New York City) as well as a variety of other settings, tells these ambitious stor- ies through thirteen different first-person narrators, including in his worlds cockroaches, students, prostitutes, and Norman Rockwell. Yau's ability as a writer is abundantly evident throughout; as Publishers Weekly noted, "[There is] a certain deadpan sensibility whether he's being plain ('A hundred and forty dollars, seven crisp twenties') or perverse ('I guess it's one thing to sleep with a dog, and another thing to sleep with a guy dressed up like a dog') . . . . Throughout, there is a self-consciousness about the difficulty and boundlessness of fiction, as well as an implied glorification of those living off the proverbial beaten path."

 


Softcover,  228 pages
ISBN: 1-57423-772-1
1994, $14.95

 

Radiant Silhouette
poetry and prose by John Yau

Critics view Radiant Silhouette as a critical point in the career of acclaimed author John Yau.  Publishers Weekly, for example, has recently remarked about Yau's poetry, "[Yau's poems] churn along with the bright inventiveness that ha[s] characterized his work . . . since the selected Radiant Silhouette from 1990." The inventiveness in question is one borne of an ethnic background that is at the fore in the work of Yau.

Radiant Silhouette is the title that created the buzz about John Yau, and it is worth seeing what in turn created that title: the celebrated poems herein plumb the rejections, joys and confusions of growing up Chinese-American, and they are essential reading for any American, Chinese- or not, in today's America, more a melting pot than ever.

 

 


Softcover, 212 pages
ISBN 0-87685-887-6
1992, $14.95

 

Edificio Sayonara: Poems & Prose Poems
by John Yau


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