Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Karen An-hwei Lee's third book is a beautiful and sustained meditation on the impermanence of humanity's essential components: memory, spirituality, emotion, thought.... Contemplative and linguistically sophisticated, PHYLA OF JOY is simply exquisite—'ink and stanza / flow like wind on grass.'"—Rigoberto GonzálezThere's an undeniable audacity in a poet using the word "joy" in our beleaguered world. In her new book, Karen An-hwei Lee combines scientific precision and an appetite for far-flung vocabularies with a fascination for the sources of rapturous emotion.In poems that roam from the intimacy of prayer to the art of brewing tea, from bamboo-related famine to quasars, the globe's minor seas, and the nuptial flight of ants, PHYLA OF JOY reaches toward ecstasy.
Karen An-hwei Lee lives in greater Chicago. She is the author of the novels THE MAZE OF TRANSPARENCIES and SONATA IN K. Several of her recent poetry collections are DURESS (Cascade Books), Rose Is a Verb: Neo- Georgics (Slant Books), PHYLA OF JOY (Tupelo Press), and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books).