Yang Xiaobin – A Portfolio of Poetry – translated by Canaan Morse


Born in 1963, Yang Xiaobin is a poet, artist and critic. He is the author of ten poetry volumes and a number of critical/scholarly works, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of A-Cross Poetry (Taiwan). He has won international and domestic prizes including Hu Shih Poetry Prize, First Book of Collected Poems (Modern Poetry Society, Taiwan), among others. Having earned a Ph.D. from Yale University, Yang Xiaobin is now a research fellow at Academia Sinica and lives in Taipei.

Canaan Morse is a literary translator, poet, and doctoral researcher of pre-modern Chinese literature. His translations of Chinese prose and poetry have appeared in Kenyon Review, Southern Review, White Review, and twice in book form via the NYRB Classics series. His translation of Ge Fei’s novel Peach Blossom Paradise was a Finalist for a 2021 National Book Award. His translations of Yang Xiaobin’s poems have appeared in Circumference, Solstice Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, The Baffler, and elsewhere.