Jeffrey Yang with Don Mee Choi
Poet, editor, translator: this evening brings Jeffrey Yang to Seattle for this co-presented evening occasioned by publication of a book of his own new poetry, Hey, Marfa (Graywolf Press). He will be joined by Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi, whose recent translations of Korean poet Kim Hyesoon, Autobiography of Death, Jeffrey Yang published as an editor at New Directions (he also edits poetry for the New York Review of Books’ poetry series).
His previous books of poetry include Vanishing-Line and An Aquarium. He also translated Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies. “Jeffrey Yang’s collaboration with Rackstraw Downes (painter here of substations — substations transform voltage) is a commonplace book, memoir, and hybrid obituary for things: following a trail of ‘last words’ and communal losses, here is History learning to listen with eyes and Mourning recovering the dead travelers on the road. Hey, Marfa transmits voltage or vitalized matter as words reach to words.” — Susan Howe.