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Zeyar Lynn (Myanmar)

Photo: Craig Ritchie
Photo: Craig Ritchie

Zeyar Lynn (b. 1958) is a poet, critic, writer, translator and language instructor who lives in Rangoon. He has instigated a wider appreciation of post-modern and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry forms into Burmese and is widely regarded as the most influential living poet in Burma. Besides his own collections, Distinguishing Features (2006), Real/Life: Prose Poems (2009) Kilimanjaro (2010) and Poetry means Craft (2011), he has translated various Western poets such as Sylvia Plath, Wis?awa Szymborska, Donald Justice, John Ashbery and Charles Bernstein and published a number of volumes on poetics. In modern Burmese poetry Zeyar Lynn has almost single-handedly propagated 'poetry from the head' as opposed to that from the heart, to the dismay of many of his contemporaries. He has published on 'Language oriented' Burmese poetry in the magazine Jacket 2. Zeyar Lynn's influence is widely felt in the writings of the new generation of Burmese poets today.