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The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum) summary The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum), series The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum), book The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum), pdf The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum), The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum) 71e5d63307 ContentsIFurious VersionisIIThe InterrogationThis Hour And What Is DeadArise, Go DownMy Father, In Heaven, Is Reading Out LoudFor A New Citizen Of These United StatesWith RuinsIIIThis Room And Everything In ItThe City In Which I Love YouIVThe WaitingA StoryGoodnightYou Must SingHere I AmA Final ThingVThe Cleaving

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  1. says:

    Because Rose is the first collection of poems by Li Young Lee, it s only natural to assume that Lee s voice and stylistic preferences would undergo changes as he continued traveling the long road toward scholastic recognition however, since Rose has gained considerable attention and become so frequently anthologized, Lee s sopho attempt, The City in Which I Love You, is largely overshadowed In fact, City seems almost pigeonholed by criticism for Rose, which spends much of its time exploring the author s personal history and categorical placement among other contemporary Asian American poets I don t think this kind of socio economic geo racial profiling is very helpful or essential to City s poems Interesting but unnecessary.Reminiscent of Rose perhaps in its rich yet murky symbolism, City s title poem for example is a new and significant development in Lee s technique the speaker seems to be searching a dream for meaning, and where the old Li Young might have simply discussed familial or physical love, the new Li Young seems bent on trading the familiar small pings of sensuality for the larger pangs of longing Likewise, he exchanges quiet meditation for a darker sort of surrealism Through this, Lee seems aware of the dangers of sentimentality and intent on incorporating a deeper range of emotions to his poems.By the by, whether a fan or not, read or better yet, hear him read The Cleaving It is an amazing piece of work.

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    There were two poems in this small collection I did not love and all the others I loved deeply, especially the title poem, A Final Thing , Goodnight , This Room and Everything in It , the first poem Furious Versions and the final poem The Cleaving , which is a kind of hymn to a kind of face, a face like the poet s and maybe like mine I would devour this race to sing it,this race that according to Emerson managed to preserve to a hairfor three or four thousand yearsthe ugliest features in the world Of course I immediately had to find the reference in Ralph Waldo Emerson Lee uses tight bundles of perfect words which are such a pleasure to unravel, and a loose easy rhythm There might be too much fear of death in this collection, but who doesn t fear death I loved the sense of insignificance It was one year of fire out of the world s diary of fires, and desperation, and something approaching serenity And since we ve not learnedhow not to want,we ve had to learn,by waiting, how to wait.So reading this amplifies my own hunger and begins to console it.

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    bituminous rain ringing like teeth into the beggar s tin,

  4. says:

    Lee writes about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, political and social turmoil, barbequed pork and duck He writes vividly in a voice that infinitely relates, even when he writes about things the reader is not personally familiar with The poems in this volume keep improving until the last poem, The Cleaving Unbelievable.

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    Li Young Lee s poetry excels at turning perspectives and perceptions on their heads He has a way of building unlike ideas that coalesce into a uniformed whole Some of the pieces were a little too narrative or a little too out there for me, but overall I really enjoy Lee s style The Interrogation was a stand out for me.

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    I don t usually read poetry for fun, but in celebration of National Poetry Month April , I perused my Goodreads poetry shelf for something interesting I can t remember where I first heard about Li Young Lee s poetry Maybe it was NPR s story on Lee s recent poetry collection, Behind My Eyes Maybe it was when Color Online featured The Interrogation as part of its Poetry Friday series Wherever I first heard about Lee, I m glad that I did hear about him Lee s poetry is evocative of the immigrant experience, though the themes that he explores especially his relationship with his father are universal Lee s writing is vivid Several of the lines from his poems are still resonating in my mind When I first started this collection, I planned on reading a poem a night But once I started, I found that I could read only one poem every couple of days Some of the poems are so sad and emotional that I felt physically drained after reading them It s been awhile since writing whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry has been able to affect me so deeply My favorites are difficult to pick The Cleaving deserves mention how can something inspire disgust and awe at the same time This Room and Everything in It is a simple but oh so beautiful tribute to Lee s wife Other favorites are You Must Sing and The Interrogation , but all of them are a must read I ll be picking up collections by Lee, and I highly recommend this to others unfamiliar with Lee s work.

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    This collection of poetry pretty much sums up Lee s beliefs in poetry, especially in lines like this from The Room and Everything in It it had something to dowith death it had something to do with love.In a guest lecture he gave than seven years ago, Lee said that the only two subjects worthy of poetry are death and love, and this book encompasses poems that split those subjects pretty evenly, even by combining the two subjects into single poems The book is divided into five sections, some with one or two long poems and others with about a half dozen To me, the strongest section of poems is IV, because those are the most complex and, therefore, the most interesting to me.In fact, complexity rules this book of poems, as each poems leads to a place that the reader is pretty unlikely to guess I think this is why I like him so much as a poet, because Lee never fails to surprise me with his unusual turns, usually towards the end of a poem His lines also end in places that at first seem strange but make sense as one continues to read The Waiting, overall, is my favorite poem from this collection.Lee is always a worthwhile read, and I m eager to peruse the other volume he wrote that still is waiting on the shelf for me.

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    I am not a fan of poetry In fact, I would say that I avidly avoid and disdain all such practices of poetry If I could destroy one art form in the world it would be poetry Having said that, however, this is a FANTASTIC read This was assigned in my Contemporary Literature class and I was dreading it throughout the class until we got to it I skimmed through it at first and then it got good The entire book of poetry tell a full story all together It is an autobiography in poems They are not only good as a whole but they are good separately as well This book is every genre in one, and I loved it

  9. says:

    Reading the Songs of Solomon made the title poem that much beautiful, intense, lively I started by dog earing a handful of pages so I could re read my favorite, but quikly undid that action due to all of the poems being so beautiful.

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    I m revisiting one of my favorite books of poetry this week because it s National Poetry Month I first read Li Young Lee s The City in Which I Love You when I was in graduate school I fell instantly in love with the book, and especially the title poem and This Room and Everything in It The poems are accessible without being simplistic and now, nearly 30 years later, I easily recall how moved I was the first time I read these poems and how the hair on the back of my neck rises again as it did then with the final stanzas of The City in Which I Love You Straight from my father s wrath,and long from my mother s womb,late in this century and on a Wednesday morning,bearing the mark of one who s experiencedneither heaven nor hell,my birthplace vanished, my citizenship earned,in league with stones of the earth, Ienter, without retreat or help from history,the days of no day, my earthof no earth, I re enterthe city in which I love you.And I never believed that the multitudeof dreams and many words were vain Myf

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