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Jeffrey Yang is the author of Vanishing-Line (Graywolf Press, 2011). He works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and New York Review Books and lives in Beacon, New York.

Kelp

Jeffrey Yang
How easy it is to lose oneself
in a kelp forest. Between 
canopy leaves, sunlight filters thru 
the water surface; nutrients
bring life where there'd other-
wise be barren sea; a vast eco-
system breathes. Each 
being being 
being's link.

From An Aquarium by Jeffrey Yang. Copyright © 2008 by Jeffrey Yang. Used by permission of Graywolf Press. All rights reserved.

From An Aquarium by Jeffrey Yang. Copyright © 2008 by Jeffrey Yang. Used by permission of Graywolf Press. All rights reserved.

Jeffrey Yang

Jeffrey Yang is the author of Vanishing-Line (Graywolf Press, 2011). He works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and New York Review Books and lives in Beacon, New York.

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or is true as
Happiness

Birth
A pure river

Conditions for the equal good
to be as wise and fortunate

at the start

Lost in the pursuit

Under a white oak
two children sitting back
to