Brockport, NY: Boa Editions, Limited, 1986. 0918526531. Paperback. Fine. Item #84
71 pp. 8vo. English. "What characterizes Li-Young Lee's poetry is a certain humility, a kind of cunning, a love of plain speech, a search for wisdom and understanding - but more like a sad than a desperate search - a willingness to let the sublime enter his field of concentration and take over, a devotion to language, a belief in its holiness, a pursuit of certain Chinese ideas, or Chinese memories, without any self-conscious ethnocentricity, and a moving personal search for redemption . . .-from the Foreword by Gerald Stern.
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 they traveled in Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, until arriving in America.