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Breaking the Alabaster Jar

Conversations With Li-Young Lee
Lee, Li-Young (Book - 2006)
Breaking the Alabaster Jar
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In the foreword to Li-Young Lee's first book, Rose (BOA Editions, 1986), Gerald Stern wrote, "What characterizes Li-Young Lee's poetry is a certain kind of humility, a kind of cunning, a love of plain speech, a search for wisdom and understanding. . . . I think we are in the presence of a true spirit." Poetry lovers agree! Rose has gone on to sell more than eighty thousand copies, and Li-Young Lee has become one of the country's most beloved poets. Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee is a collection of the best dozen interviews given by Li-Young Lee over the past twenty years. From a twenty-nine-year-old poet prodigy to a seasoned veteran in high demand for readings and appearances across the United States and abroad, these interviews capture Li-Young Lee at various stages of his artistic development. He not only discusses his family's flight from political oppression in China and Indonesia, but how that journey affected his poetry and the engaging, often painful, insights being raised a cultural outsider in America afforded him. Other topics include spirituality (primarily Christianity and Buddhism) and a wide range of aesthetic topics such as literary influences, his own writing practices, the role of formal and informal education in becoming a writer, and his current life as a famous and highly sought-after American poet.
Authors: Lee, Li-Young, 1957-
Title: Breaking the alabaster jar
conversations with Li-Young Lee
Publisher: Rochester, NY : BOA Editions, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 191 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Earl G. Ingersoll
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Introduction / Earl G. Ingersoll
Seeing the power of poetry / William Heyen and Stan Sanvel Rubin
A well of dark water / Bill Moyers
Waiting for a final shapeliness to occur / Anthony Piccione and Stan Sanvel Rubin
Art is who we are / Patty Cooper and Alex Yu
Art and the deeper silence / Reamy Jansen
Working to hear the hum / Laura Ann dearing and Michael Graber
The more poetry, the more eternity
Patricia Kirkpatrick
The pregnant silence that opens / Indiana review
Riding a horse that's just a little too wild for you / Tod Marshall
The presence of an eternal mystery while folding clothes / Marie Jordan
Saying goodbye to the 999 other poems / Alan Fox
Finding a voice for the condition of allness / Earl G. Ingersoll
Additional Contributors: Ingersoll, Earl G. 1938-
ISBN: 9781929918829
Branch Call Number: 811.5 L478ba 2006
Subject Headings: Poetry Authorship Poets, American 20th century Interviews Lee, Li-Young, 1957- Interviews
Topical Term: Poetry
Poets, American
LCCN: 2006004124
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In this collection of interviews, Li Young Lee discusses his family's flight from political oppression in China and Indonesia, how that journey affected his poetry, and the engaging, often painful,insights being raised a cultural outsider in America afforded him.

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