Xiang Yang .
The Builder of Bridges
writer Xiang Yang passes big milestone
poeta de frente al sol
by Por Nestor
Xiang Yang (b. 1955) is the pen name of Lin
Chi-yang, was born in Nantou,
Taiwan. He received a B.A. in Japanese and an M.A. in journalism from
Chinese Culture University, and earn a Ph.D. in journalism at National
Zhengzhi University.He is professor of Graduate
School of Taiwanese Culture in National Taipei University of Education.
He worked as chief editor of China Times Weekly and of the literary
supplement of the Independence Evening Post before becoming executive
editor of the latter publication.
Since the mid-1970s Xiang Yang has been
active on the poetry scene. He confounded a Gathering in the Sunshine Poetry
Society in 1979 and was among the first in Taiwan to write modern poetry in
Taiwanese. He attended the International Writing Program at the University
of Iowa in 1985, helped establish the Taiwanese PEN in 1987, and served as
its vice president in 1990.
As prolific writer,
he has published twelve books of poetry, two English translations of
selected poems, one Japanese
translations of selected poems, eleven
volumes of essays, another seven of literary
criticism and social commentaries, and children’s stories.
His most significant volumes of poetry include
Ten-line Poems, a collection of formalist verse; Time, a selection of narrative
poems; Songs of the Soil, a book of poems written in
Taiwanese; The Four Seasons, provide
the reader with a comprehensive picture of Taiwan in the 1980s;
and Chaos, represented a chaos
situation of contemporary
Xiang Yang is a regional poet in the best sense
of the word : his poetry comments on the universal human condition without
sacrificing a sense of place.