John Yau

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. John Yau (born 1950) is an American poet and critic who lives in New York City. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. He has published over 50 books of poetry, artists books, fiction, and art criticism. According to Matthew Rohrers profile on Yau from Poets & Writers Magazine, Yaus parents settled in Boston after emigrating from China in 1949. His father was a bookkeeper. Yau characterizes his father as an outsider - My father was half English and half Chinese [...] so he never fit in. As a child Yau was friends with the son of the Chinese-born abstract painter John Way. By the late 1960s Yau was exposed to, a lot of anti-war poetry readings in Boston [and] so Id heard Robert Bly, Denise Levertov, Galway Kinnell, people like that. I dont know - Robert Kelly (poet) just seemed a different kind of poet. Mysterious, in a way. He was interested in the occult, in gnosticism and abstract art - things that had a particular appeal to me. According to Rohrer, Yaus decision to attend Bard College was motivated by his admiration of Kelly.