Jay G. Ying is a Chinese-Scottish poet, fiction writer, critic and translator based in Edinburgh. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Guardian, Granta, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and Asymptote, among others. He is a winner of a 2019 New Poets Prize. His debut pamphlet Wedding Beasts was published by Bitter Melon in 2019, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s Callum MacDonald Memorial Award 2019. His second pamphlet Katabasis will be published in 2020 by the Poetry Business. He is a co-founder of the award-winning Scottish BAME Writers Network and a contributing editor at The White Review.
Jay G. Ying
our cruise of fools sets its haunted course. five lakes four seas 潇湘
I tour my grave on an island where bamboo is hardened
from the porthole moon
did I dream of your desire last night
did the Imperial ghost ship glide in like a video
a boy transforms into the wife of a dragon king
was that shadow on the dying lake bed eight sites of your body
last wild geese descends to the sand. rain on the lake. the temple bell.
the dirtied snow. mist that clears. a village alight. our own old
moon in Autumn. lone sail homewards bound. looking out
my memories of those inert evenings feel celestial
two clangs of a pavilion gong as a joyous thing forever passes over
Jay G. Ying