That Gorgeous Feeling, Sueyeun Juliette Lee

That Gorgeous Feeling

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

Publisher: Coconut Books
PubDate: 10/1/2008
ISBN: 9780615255125
Price: $15.00
Quantity Available: 6
Pages: 80
SKU #: A11D

Poetry. Asian American Studies. "A vivid force surges through A GENEROUS FEELING asserting and affirming the bounty of social complexity in electrified fields of discourse, lived engagement and cultural consciousness. This is tremendously rich language. Acting as lightning rods these poems feed energy along pathways of courageous, dissonant ethical charges. Sueyuen Juliette Lee unsettles illusions. pushes at questionable foregrounding elements, swerves, permeates and injects syntax with intensified feeling. Her words have agency. These poems are full of finesse, radiance and are unsettingly real."—Brenda Iijima

"What is that gorgeous feeling? Desire? Hatred? A fever induced by Senator Daniel Akaka? In Sueyeun Juliette Lee's capable hands, it's all of the above. Her poems move effortlessly from lyric solemnity to giddy play, resonating with the influences of Gertrude Stein, John Yau, and kung fu movies. Lee looks out on a landscape of yellow fever, model-minority stereotypes, and political repression, but she chooses the mordant optimism of Kim Jong Il: 'The situation is not as bad as it may appear.' In cheeky odes to her cultural 'heroes,' from Toshiro Mifune to Daniel Dae Kim, Lee makes the surprising discovery that 'Everything is brightness in this slanting eye.' So listen up when Lee tells you to 'Grab your ray guns and shades': she's staking her claim as the Margaret Cho of poetry, for whom 'the joke is insatiable. / it rips and roars between and through.'"—Tim Yu


Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA. She teaches poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to multi-ethnic innovative writing. She is also a contributing editor at EOAGH and co-curates the multi-genre reading and performance series POETRY ((PRO) (FANA)). She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, THAT GORGEOUS FEELING (Coconut Press, 2008) and UNDERGROUND NATIONAL (Factory School, 2010).

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