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There are one hundred kinds of Chinese silences: the silence of the unknown grandfathers; the silence of borrowed Buddha and rebranded Confucius; the silence of alluring stereotypes and exotic reticence. These poems make those silences heard. These 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins. In a sharply critical and wickedly humorous travesty of the modern canon, Timothy Yu excavates the Asian (American) bones buried in our poetic language.