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Downsides of Fish Culture: Poems

Downsides of Fish Culture: Poems

by David Dodd Lee

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The theme of lost innocence has been thoroughly explored since William Blake, but in his first book Lee gives this theme a contemporary edge. Lamenting his inability to make "anything tide [him] over until the next life," Lee's speaker captures the essence of a generation: the angst, the dysfunctions, and the tragedy "of our simple humannessan evolutionary extension/ of what might become." Yet the poems do not fall into the trap of melodrama, instead projecting a ray of hope in a world in which "the barbed wire fence drip[s] blood." Many of the poems are ambitious without being overwritten. Lee knows when to hammer have a point and when to invoke humor. As a result, the speaker is able to "look back/ on those grub years with fondness." This volume of poetry belongs in every poetry collection.Tim Gavin, Episcopal Acad., Merion, Pa.

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New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University
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David Clewell
“Lee reminds us that the richest act of imagination is — above all else — an act of empathy. Both the sadness and exhilaration in this poet's heart of hearts — the living poem itself — become the reader's too. This refreshingly original debut collection is full of fragile human atoms on the loose somewhere between versions of terror and sheer delight. We come to count on this poet's stubborn insistence: in the war against despair, the spoils of comfort and sustenance must be re-invented, again and again, on our dizzying everyday walks through the world.”

Meet the Author

DAVID DODD LEE's recent poems have appeared in Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pool, Denver Quarterly, Slope,
Pleiades, Laurel Review, Nerve, and Massachusett's Review. He is the editor of the annual poetry and fiction anthology, SHADE, published by Four Way Books. Lee is also the publisher of Half Moon Bay poetry chapbooks, which include titles by Franz Wright and Hugh Seidman. In the past he has served as poetry editor at Third Coast and Passages North. He has worked as a park ranger, a fisheries technician, and a journalist. He received the MFA degree in 1993, after taking a BFA in painting and Art History in the eighties. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University South Bend.

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