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Yu Jian

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Yu Jian

Yu Jian was born in 1954 in Kunming, in southwest China, where he lives today. He is a poet, writer, and essayist, as well as a photographer, documentary film director, editor, university professor, and director of literary festivals. Yu Jian started writing poems in secret during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and did not publish in a journal until 1980. He has won and been nominated for a number of awards in multiple genres. His works have been translated into many languages, including Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Armenian, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, and Hindi. His nearly fifty publications include The Collected Yu Jian, The Selected Essays of Yu Jian, and Who Is He: Poems 2007–2011.

Articles by Yu Jian

Elephant
By Yu Jian
O, it is a defeated god, approaching the dusk of time.
Translated from Chinese by Xin Xu
On Masks
By Yu Jian
take custody of my mouth
Translated from Chinese by Shuyu Guo
A Beethoven Chronology
By Yu Jian
On a certain day in a certain month of the Enlightenmentclear skies      light winds out of the southwesthigh in the low 70sBeethoven is born in a bedon a certain day in a certain…
Translated from Chinese by Steve Bradbury
Multilingual
Immanuel Kant
By Yu Jian
The smallest citizen of Königsbergspent a lifetime parasitically attached to his timepiecewhose faultless clockwork      began to turn at precisely 5 a.m.when not another…
Translated from Chinese by Steve Bradbury
Multilingual
Two or Three Things from the Past
By Yu Jian
ISo hot thenred trucks loaded with burning tonguesforward forward again disappearing deep down inside escaped students rolling toward hometownAh the summer of the era schools closedtheaters closed weeds…
Translated from Chinese by Wang Ping & Ron Padgett
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