Jane Yeh (a published student)
November 2012
Carcanet Press

About the publication

Funny, heartbreaking, haunting: Jane Yeh's poems open windows onto utterly strange - and eerily familiar - worlds. Lonely ghosts hover around children on their way to school; lilies whisper among themselves, their heads 'filled with pollen and boredom'. Three solemn children in a Van Dyck portrait gaze out into their futures. Moving between high art and pop culture, Yeh creates richly textured poems, their lyrical beauty cut with a dark wit. How do we face death, how survive loss? What does it take to carry on? 'O tempura, O monkeys'.


Funny, clever, and downright charming", with "a good line in sarcasm and sass… This quirky and wise collection has outstanding originality and poise.

The Guardian

Hugely entertaining… The quirky humour is pierced with feelings of loss and regret.

The Sunday Telegraph

Abounds in wit and invention, with far greater breadth and humour… A distinctly contemporary mind-set.

Poetry Review

One is tempted to gobble down the exquisite poems one after another… Offers hope, humour and pathos in equal measure… The beauty and extraordinary surprise of Jane Yeh's wonderful collection.

New Welsh Review