Ouyang Yu’s ‘Fainting with Freedom’ reviewed by Ali Jane Smith

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Fainting with Freedom includes prose poems, easy-to-read lyric poems, strange disjointed poems, thin poems, wide poems, long and short poems, poems that speak plainly and poems that cut up words. What’s consistent is the sense of control, maintained and relinquished. Yu’s precise lines, steady, speech-like rhythms, logical sequences of related ideas give way to absurd associations, unexpected images, wildness. These two modes of writing are kept in balance, each used to upset the other.’

The full review, published in The Australian, can be found here.

Fainting with Freedom can be purchased here.