Author Kwok-Yuk Yau Pens Down Different Poems in Various Literary Styles

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New collection is a feast of engaging poems written in old and contemporary techniques.

He translated his Chinese poem “Diplomacy” into English and submitted it as an entry to the Poetry Guild in 1998. It was accepted and collected into one book, Shelter from the Storm. Since then, author Kwok-Yuk Yau has continued submitting poetry to Poetry Guild, the International Library of Poetry, and the Noble House Publishers. To date, he has 32 poems collected into anthologies of these publishers. Now, he compiles his poems and releases them in his very own published poetry book, Poetry at Leisure, which features different literary styles, including acrostic poetry and haiku.

“I write my poetry at leisure, and I hope my readers take reading poetry as a pastime,” says the author. His poems evoke emotions that pull the readers in as they experience the sentiments of the verses. In the poem “For Whom the Blood Is Shed,” the dialogue between Peter and Flora seems nothing exciting, but it actually reflects heaviness in their hearts. Both of them do not want to let the spouse have worry in the heart; yet, at the end of it, Peter’s last words before his death show that he is earnest to go back home, but he can’t. There may be no crying or tears in this poetic story, but readers will feel some heaviness in their heart. That is the author’s effective way of weaving and telling a tragedy.

Poetry at Leisure also portrays how poetry during the Tang Dynasty in China is highly praised by both Chinese and some western scholars. He, too, employs a new form of poetry – acrostic poetry – which he believes readers will find interesting. And lastly, he includes haiku, a Japanese poetry that contains three lines with a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern.

This book will be featured at the New York Library Association in Saratoga Springs, New York on November 2 to 5, 2011.

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Poetry at Leisure * by Kwok-Yuk Yau
Publication Date: September 12, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 116 pages; 978-1-4628-7926-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 116 pages; 978-1-4628-7927-4
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-7928-1

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