Borrowed Love Poems by John Yau
(Poets, Penguin)

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If the "I" cannot be representative, what or who can it represent? In John Yau's new collection, Borrowed Love Poems, the reader encounters artists (Hiroshige and Eva Hesse), poets (Marina Tsvetayeva and Georg Trakl), actors (Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre), and memorable figures (a retired wrestler and a private eye named Genghis Chan). Each becomes a spectral, sonorous presence inhabiting the polymorphic body of the page, a shadow of a shadow lit from within. Yau's poems are dazzling explorations of the multiple, shifting sands of identity, of the fictional, fake, factual, and autobiographical selves that pass like ghosts through the empty space known as "I." Able to seamlessly merge a strict yet eccentric methodology with wild flights of the imagination, Yau moves into a rich, complex realm, where the flickering edges of consciousness-the dream state-become poetry.

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John Yau is an art critic, poet, and curator living in New York. He has contributed essays to more than 100 exhibition catalogs and published over 250 articles and reviews. His poems and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies.
Published March 26, 2002 by Penguin Books. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Calling this form of self-portraiture (like trying to see your reflection in a melting box of crayons) "Love Poems" gives a campy sheen to Yau's behind-the-curtain confessions;

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In no way of course can art domesticate this energy or entire histories of amorous struggle, and the violent imagery at the end of the inventive appropriator’s poem makes no concession to the desire for permanent comfort: “What can I do, / I who never invented anything // and who dreamed of you s...

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