Allen, Frank. Review of Edificio Sayonara, by John Yau. Library Journal 118, no. 3 (15 February 1993): 168.
Describes the poems in Edificio Sayonara as a “meditation on contemporary urban realities.”
Elman, Richard. “Three American Poets.” New York Times Book Review (18 September 1983): 36.
Offers a negative review of Corpse and Mirror.
Finkle, Jori. “Having His Fling.” San Francisco Bay Guardian (29 January 1997): n.p.
Considers Yau's use of language in Forbidden Entries.
McDowell, Robert. “Recombinative Poetry.” The Hudson Review 37, no. 1 (spring 1984): 126.
Mixed assessment of Corpse and Mirror.
Review of Forbidden Entries, by John Yau. Publishers Weekly 243, no. 48 (25 November 1996): 71-2.
Maintains that the poems in Forbidden Entries “vary in tone from playful enigma to seemingly idle blathering.”
Wald, Priscilla. “‘Chaos Goes Uncourted’: John Yau's Dis(-)Orienting Poetics.” In Cohesion and Dissent in America, edited by Carol Colatrella and Joseph Alkana, pp. 133-58. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.
Elucidates the defining characteristics of Yau's verse.
Wang, Dorothy J. “Undercover Asian: John Yau and the Politics of Ethnic Self-Identification.” In Asian American Literature in the International Context: Readings on Fiction, Poetry, and Performance, edited by Rocío G. Davis and Sämi Ludwig, pp. 135-55. Münster, Germany: LIT Verlag, 2002.
Addresses Yau's identity as a Chinese American poet and examines the extent to which his ethnicity is expressed through his work.
Xiaojing, Zhou. “John Yau (1950-).” In Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Guiyou Huang, pp. 343-56. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Biographical and critical essay.
Yu, Timothy. “Form and Identity in Language Poetry and Asian American Poetry.” Contemporary Literature 41, no. 3 (fall 2000): 422-61.
Places Yau within the context of several other Asian American poets.
Additional coverage of Yau's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 154; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 89; Contemporary Poets, Ed. 7; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 234; and Literature Resource Center.