Rose: Poems

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BOA Editions, Ltd., 1986 - Poetry - 71 pages
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Table of Contents

I.
Epistle
The Gift
Persimmons
The Weight Of Sweetness
From Blossoms
Dreaming Of Hair
Early In The Morning
Water
Falling: The Code
Nocturne
My Indigo
Irises
Eating Alone

II.
Always A Rose

III.
Eating Together
I Ask My Mother To Sing
Ash, Snow, Or Moonlight
The Life
The Weepers
Braiding
Rain Diary
My Sleeping Loved Ones
Mnemonic
Between Seasons
Visions And Interpretations
  

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Lee's writing is so pure, so rich in imagery. - Goodreads
Relied on imagery to tell the deeper meaning of things. - Goodreads
Read for my Creative Writing class. - Goodreads
... beautiful and haunting imagery. - Goodreads
Asian American writer, reflected in poems, but subtly. - Goodreads

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"Early in the Morning " might be the sexiest poem I ever read. Love this collection. Read full review

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User Review  - Melumebelle - Goodreads

This book of poetry has quite the somber tone to it, and it is both personal and oddly distant at the same time. It is clear that the author ruminated over memories of his mother and father, as they ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Gerald Stern
8
The Gift
15
From Blossoms
21
The Code
28
Always a Rose
37
Eating Together
49
The Weepers
55
My Sleeping Loved Ones
63
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About the author (1986)

Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, of Chinese parents. In 1959 his father, after spending a year as a political prisoner in President Sukarno's jails, fled Indonesia with his family. Between 1959 and 1964 the Lee family traveled throughout Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, until arriving in America.

Li-Young Lee's first poetry collection, Rose, won the New York University's 1986 Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. His second collection, The City In Which I Love You, was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. His third collection, Book of My Nights, was awarded the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

In September 2006, BOA Editions published Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee, edited by Earl G. Ingersoll. This book collects the best dozen interviews Li-Young Lee has granted since the 1986 publication of Rose, including the 1988 interview with Bill Moyers on his The Power of the Word series. Breaking the Alabaster Jar contains new insights on Li-Young Lee's aesthetics, history, and various philosophies. Breaking the Alabaster Jar is an invaluable companion to Li-Young Lee's previous award-winning poetry collections.

Li-Young Lee currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife Donna and their two children.

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