The coffin fell apart.
There was the sound of decayed wood crumbling, and a cloud of smoke surged out, like water vapour from a hot steamer.

Yan Lianke / Carlos Rojas

Yang Lian

杨炼

Born in Bern in 1955, raised in Beijing and currently based in London, Yang Lian ranks with Bei Dao as the world's most prominent contemporary Chinese poet. An outspoken advocate of political and artistic freedom, Yang was instrumental in establishing the Independent Chinese PEN Center in 2001. He has published over ten collections of poetry and two volumes of prose, and his work has been translated into over 20 languages. Best-known works include: Dead in Exile (1989), Masks & Crocodile (1990), Non-person Singular (1995), Yi (2002), Notes of a Blissful Ghost (2002) and Concentric Circles (2006).

Links:

Yang Lian's website (in Chinese and English)

Yang Lian Wikipedia entry

Author page on Poetry International Web

Author page from Shearsman Books

Author page from New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre

 

Original Works

Short stories (1)

Poems (4)