—translated from the Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain (web)
—from Rattle #36, Winter 2011
Yang Jian worked as a factory laborer for thirteen years and began writing poetry during the mid-’80s. Considered today as one of the greatest Chinese living poets, Yang Jian also paints with ink and brush. A practicing Buddhist, he lives in recluse in Ma’anshan, Anhui.