This week we’re delighted to feature a new poem by Ed Bok Lee. Lee is the author of Whorled (Coffee House Press), winner of a 2012 American Book Award, and Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press), winner of a 2006 PEN/Open Book Award. The son of Korean emigrants – his mother originally from what is now North Korea; his father from South Korea — Lee grew up in North Dakota, Minnesota and Seoul. He studied Russian and Central Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California—Berkeley and Al-Farabi Kazakh State University, and holds an MFA from Brown University.
In poetry, you get to make a kind of strange jewelry out of long bygone moments, images from childhood, personal and public history, the debris of dreams. But only sometimes will the maybe always present spirits actually allow you to approach, touch, even try them on.
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