The Undressing


Li-Young Lee (Author)


Celebrated poet Li-Young Lee returns with a breathtaking new volume about the violence of desire and the peace of love.

A tonic for spiritual anemia, Li-Young Lee’s new collection attempts to uncover things hidden since the dawn of the world. Short of achieving that end, these mysterious, unassuming poems investigate the human violence and dispossession increasingly prevalent around the world, as well as the horrors that the poet grew up with as a child of refugees. Lee draws from disparate sources, including the Old Testament, the Dao De Jing, and the music of the Wu Tang Clan. While the ostensive subjects of these layered, impassioned poems are wide- ranging, their driving engine is a burning need to understand our collective human mission.


Look at us: You inside me

inside you. We’ve lived inside

each other from the beginning.

And from before beginning.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming February 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-06543-5
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 80 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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