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Jeffrey Yang
Night garden, moon
calendar, soft mint scent.
Warm wind, silent. Gold,
silver debris.
—from "Yennecott"

Jeffrey Yang’s second collection of poems is an exploration of the various lines—horizon line, time line, blood line, poetic line—beyond which so much vanishes from sight, from memory. With historical documentation, lyrical association, and artistic virtuosity, Yang creates a collage of elegies, losses that are private and those that define our nation. Vanishing-Line is an ambitious book by one of the most fascinating new poets in America.

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"Jeffrey Yang speaks in tongues as if touched with a Pentecostal flame."—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Jeffrey  Yang
Credit: Meredith Heuer
Jeffrey Yang is the author of Hey, Marfa; Vanishing-Line; and An Aquarium, winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the translator of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies. Yang lives in Beacon, New York.

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  • “[Yang] tries to find forms tight enough to seem original, but loose enough to encompass the horrors of our still recent past; his attempts are leavened, and brightened, by a moving family elegy set in East Asia and by the scenes and moments in which Yang seems to see just where he stands.”—Publishers Weekly
  • "Yang sets facts beside each other on the shelf of the line, as if he were a curator in a historical museum. Where other poets might strive to paint in images, this poet collects and catalogues. . . . After excavation, these facts—about his Chinese ancestor and her context or about Native Americans on this continent's east coast—depict an epic reenactment or diorama."—Kenyon Review
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