Poetry by Ed Bok Lee
March 5, 2019 • 6 x 9 • 88 pages • 978-1-56689-532-3
Poems that trace paths through time, genealogy, and geography, locating the generational legacy of history.
From Mitochondrial Night:
he explained, in the tradition
so the ancestors won't be so lonely.
Because spirits need us
more than we need them.
And for hours
they’ll listen to anyone
About the Author
Ed Bok Lee is the author of Whorled, a recipient of the 2012 American Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and Real Karaoke People, a recipient of the 2006 PEN Open Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice). Lee grew up in South Korea, North Dakota, and Minnesota and was educated there, on both U.S. coasts, in Russia, and in Kazakhstan.
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Praise for Ed Bok Lee
“There is a nomadic beauty to Ed Bok Lee’s Whorled, which pulses with raw political anger and vital lyricism.” —The Guardian
“These poems work in powerful concert to give body to an entire world of beauty, terror, loss, grief, and joy. The strength and magnetism of Lee’s voice come from his mind’s profound awareness of a person’s embeddedness in a context simultaneously personal and archetypal; social, historical, political, and cosmic.” —Li-Young Lee