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Li-Young Lee

Once, years back, I walked beside my father among the windfall pears. I can’t recall our words. We may have strolled in silence. But I still see him bend that way—left hand braced on knee, creaky—to lift and hold to my eye a rotten pear. In it, a hornet spun crazily, glazed in slow, glistening… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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Li-Young Lee

the lovers’ voices and the voices of the beloved are the ocean’s legion scaling earth’s black bell, their bright crested foam the rudimentary beginnings of bridges and wings, the dream of flying, and the yearning to cross over. — Li-Young Lee, from “The Undressing,” The Undressing: Poems (W. W. Norton Company, 2018)

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Li-Young Lee

The real subject in poetry isn’t the voice. The real subject is silence. It’s like in architecture, where the medium is not really stone or metal, but space. We use materials—brick, glass, whatever— to inflect the immaterial, space. I would say that the real medium of poetry is inner space, the silence of our deepest… Continue reading Li-Young Lee

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