An eclectic survey of the transaction and original formal poetry of Keith Holyoak.
Keith Holyoak carries his expertise as a scholar and translator of Chinese poetry to a new level—he has composed an entire volume of his own poetry in the style of the earliest classical Chinese poems. Holyoak has also included a number of his expert translations of some of these poems, but the bulk of Foreigner is in his own distinctive voice and manner. The poems touch upon many topics and scenes, not all of them Chinese, but this American poet has managed to resurrect for anglophone readers the tone, aura, reticence, and profoundly dignified simplicity of the classical Chinese masters whom he has studied. Foreigner is also a magnificently illustrated book, with pictures that comport perfectly with the exquisite text.
Keith Holyoak, poet, translator of classical Chinese poetry, and cognitive scientist, was raised on a dairy farm in British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. A professor of Psychology, first at the University of Michigan and since 1986 at the University of California, Los Angeles, Holyoak has published over 150 papers and books. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychological Society. He serves on the Board of Directors for Xunesis, a company dedicated to finding creative ways of linking science with the arts. Holyoak writes formal poetry, using meter and rhyme. His poems have been published in numerous literary magazines in the US, England and Canada, including The London Magazine, Envoi, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, Poem, The Lyric, Red Rock Review, Edge City Review, Bellowing Ark and The Eclectic Muse. In addition to Yeats, Frost, and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, Holyoak has been influenced by the classical Chinese poetry of Li Bai and Du Fu (aka Li Po and Tu Fu), whose poems he has translated and published in magazines in the US, England and New Zealand. Holyoak is a member of PoetsWest.