Timothy Yu: February 11, 2016

In Reading Alerts on January 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Kundiman Retreat 2015

Photography Margarita Corporan

Timothy Yu Reads 100 Chinese Silences

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 205

UW-Madison Campus

UW-Madison’s own Timothy Yu will be reading from his first book of poetry, 100 Chinese Silences, lauded by award-winning poet and critic John Yau as a collection that “delivers dazzling lines with the deadpan wit and precise timing of Buster Keaton, the stone-faced master of silence.” Writing back to an orientalist tradition that has defined modern American poetry, these 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, revealing the spectral Asian presence that haunts our most eloquent lyrics and self-satisfied wisdom. Rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins, this book is a sharply critical and wickedly humorous travesty of the modern canon, excavating the Asian (American) bones buried in our poetic language.

Timothy Yu is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: 15 Chinese SilencesJourney to the West (winner of the Vincent Chin Chapbook Prize from Kundiman) and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger. He is also the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965, which won the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. His work has appeared in PoetryCordite Poetry ReviewSHAMPOOMantisLantern Review, and Kartika Review. He is associate professor of English and Asian American studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be found at timpanyu.com.


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