The Golden Gate Bridge and Other Natural Wonders

The Golden Gate Bridge and Other Natural Wonders

by Han-Jae Lee
     
 

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The Golden Gate Bridge and Other Natural Wonders is Han-Jae Lee's first collection of poetry to be published in English. Described as "...a curious mix of Eastern sensibility and Western playfulness," Lee's poetry speaks with striking detail and understated elegance. His is the mind of a seeker who persistently asks us to go beyond how things appear, and in looking… See more details below

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The Golden Gate Bridge and Other Natural Wonders is Han-Jae Lee's first collection of poetry to be published in English. Described as "...a curious mix of Eastern sensibility and Western playfulness," Lee's poetry speaks with striking detail and understated elegance. His is the mind of a seeker who persistently asks us to go beyond how things appear, and in looking deeply, to arrive at the soul of all things.

Painting

Sometimes the carelessly lined circle becomes a flower.

And a casually drawn horizontal line becomes the place

where Earth meets up with Heaven.

I glimpse the bony branches while I sketch...

The lines on the paper become the morning sunlight.

Or the thorns of rose bushes.

Bright flowers bloom.

The rose thorns turn into pins which pierce the fin

of the fishes like memories

that are sleeping in the deep lake.

The lilies are shy and smiling;

hiding in the woods.

I'm listening to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

Outside, it is raining; gusty winds whip around me.

And lightning strikes with a loud voice.

Just at that moment the electric lights go out.

Everything vanishes into the darkness.

I light a candle and start again-

Put my pencil to the blank page.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Han-Jae Lee began writing poetry in 1997. He studied poetry and creative writing at Chung-Ang University and Korea University in Korea, and also in the
United States, attending writing workshops at the Aptos and Campbell
Public Libraries and at the Almaden Community Center in San Jose.
In 2005 he won a poetry award (silver) in a national poetry contest for his work, A High-rise Apartment, given annually for an outstanding poem, sponsored by The National Assembly of Korea and The
Federation of Korean Cultural Center. His first poetry collection, A High-Rise
Apartment, was published in Korea in 2008. He also co-published three poetry anthologies and his poems have appeared in the magazines, Literary Movement and Trend, Literature World and Vision of
Poetry (all in Korean). He has been writing poetry in English since 2004
and this poetry collection is his first book in English. He lives in both San Jose and Seoul.

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Editorial Reviews

poetry club - Pamela Pappas
This previously published Korean poet has now written a series of poems in English to promote understanding between Korea and the United States. Some poems are poignant, while others present a series of images invoking a certain time and place. The collection encompasses an eclectic range—from an infant’s first birthday party, which tugs at your heart as she “creates pretty joy each day” to ice trout fishing where the tension between “what’s above the ic
poetry club - Christa Fraser
Han Jae Lee’s poems in this collection possess Neruda’s animating affections for the everyday along with a Tranströmer-like attention to the ways in which our thoughts metamorphose into the elemental and the elemental, in turn, offers itself up as a blueprint of both the seen and the unseeable. Alternating between an ecstatic recognition of the familiar and a warm resignation to the unremitting process of unearthing and then burying again the artifacts of the past, the conve
poetry club - Magdalena Montagne
Han-Jae Lee’s poetry is a curious mix of Eastern sensibility and Western playfulness. When writing about nature Lee is at his best, conjuring portraits of flowers and snowfall and mountains with striking details and understated elegance. His is the mind of a seeker who persistently asks us to go beyond how things appear, and in looking deeply, to arrive at the soul of all things.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935914341
Publisher:
River Sanctuary Publishing
Publication date:
09/02/2013
Pages:
130
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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