My Tenantless Body is the celebrated Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo’s first publication in English. It presents a sensitive yet forceful new voice that leads us through the haunted nightscapes of China with dark wit. The book’s young protagonist veers in and out of focus: her thoughts always intensely clear, her feeling never simply clarified. In these poems the oblique and the plain-spoken seem to cross paths, picking one another’s pockets along the way. Includes an afterword by Rebecca Tamás.
The Poetry Translation Centre’s World Poet Series showcases the most exciting living poets from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, in beautiful pocket-sized bilingual editions.
"One reads in Yu's pointed lines a disappearance of the poet herself; not only in her predominant idiom (a searching, imperative voice), but in her stark depiction of contemporary China's bleached cities and sullen interiors, with hardly any room left for the expressive first-person".
- Theophilus Kwek, The Poetry Review
Size: 178 x 111mm, 66 pages
Languages: Chinese, English