My Own Voice

Zeyar Lynn

The Chinese University Press

My Own Voice

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Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9789629966171

48 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $5.00

My Own Voice

Zeyar Lynn

The Chinese University Press

Drawn from International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013, My Own Voice is a chapbook of poetry by Zeyar Lynn presented in English, and Chinese. My Own Voice is also available, along with the chapbooks of other internationally renowned poets, in Islands or Continents (Eighteen-Volume Box Set). Selected poems from this volume are featured in the anthology Islands or Continents: International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong 2013.

About the Author

Zeyar Lynn, a contemporary Myanmar poet, has already published seven collections of poetry, two collections of miscellaneous poetry translations of internationally acclaimed poets including Chinese, five books of poetry translations (Sylvia Plath, Modern Japanese Poetry, Japanese Tanka, John Ashbery, and Charles Bernstein), and three books of collected articles on poetry and poetics. He also translates from Myanmar to English.

He is known in the Myanmar poetry world for having introduced Post-Soviet Russian poetry, New York School, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry/Writing, Flarf, and what is generally termed "Postmodern" poetry. He was also the first to organize and hold the UNESCO World Poetry Day event in Yangon, which has now become popular throughout the country. He has earned a reputation in Myanmar for having broken against the mainstream "Khit Por" (Myanmar for "modern") poetry and set out a different path that is recognizably constructivist rather than expressionist, cerebral rather than emotional, while at the same time not losing sight of the political events in society. His Post-Khitpor Manifesto (2004) opened the younger generation to find a way out of the dominant and mainstream poetic model. While Khit Por is still mainstream, Contemporary poetry has now become its alternative, or "Other." He participated in the 2012 London Parnassus International Poetry Festival. His poems have appeared in English in Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets. Currently, he lives in Yangon where he teaches English in a private school and also works as an editor of the tri-quarterly Myanmar poetry magazine called "Poetry World."