Paradiso Diaspora by John Yau
(Poets, Penguin)

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As the anagram of its title suggests, the poems, prose, lyrics, and memoir in John Yau’s new collection focus on an inescapable duality. It is the duality of living in both painted gardens and in the shadows of historic events that sweep one along. Yau explores the language of telling, of biography, auto and otherwise, of landscapes that are simultaneously imaginary and real, of ways to enter and leave "the kingdom of poetry." This is a book of displacements and unpredictable associations, of "last confessions" and "coming attractions," at once haunted and haunting.

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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 June 27, 2006 by Penguin Books. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The 46 poems of Yau's new collection take up the themes and procedures of his previous work—absurdist narration, visual art (Yau is a prolific art critic), the workings and failings of language—and also delve more intimately into meditations about and in the voice of Yau's daughter: "my name is C...

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