Living is both simple and complex: Yang Li’s focus on the former is achieved at the expense of the latter, and so misses something essential. A second point: the impression of directness in Yang Li’s poems is created by focussing on experiences familiar to a majority of readers. In other words, the apparent ‘directness’ is better described as ‘familiarity’. It is the lack of interpretation required on the part of the reader which makes the experience seem so accessible and therefore ‘fresh’. By reducing experience to its lowest common denominators, all that is most personal in experience is obliterated.
Poems by Yang Li: Albania From "Double Poker" From "Written For My Blog": 20 From "Written For My Blog": 24 From "Written For My Blog": 30 From "Written For My Blog": 5 In Loud Voices Jogging The Whole Way Mood My Sex-life Is Wreaking Havoc . . . Radishes This Poem Only Took Two Minutes To Write