Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vijay Seshadri previews "Equal to the Earth"



Jee Leong Koh is a vigorous, physical poet very much captured by the expressive power of rhythm, rhetoric, and the lexicon. He is also, paradoxically, a poet in pursuit of the most elusive and delicate of human emotions. The contradiction is wonderful and compelling, and so are his poems.

--Vijay Seshadri, Author of The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press)


6 comments:

Peter said...

Nice blurb! When does the book come out?

Jee Leong Koh said...

Hi Peter. The book is coming out end March, just in time for Poetry Month.

Pam Hart said...

most excellent!

Jee Leong Koh said...

Thanks, Pam!

Eshuneutics said...

Hm. What exactly is the "paradox"? The "blurb" implies a contradiction in tone, yet I cannot see one. I suspect the "paradox" is physical and delicate. But, thinking of a gymnast, physicality is the creator of delicacy...and the reverse is true. A nice piece of praise, which you deserve, yet I'm not sure I know what the hell it means in poetical terms.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Perhaps he meant the paradox of vigorous and delicate; physical and emotional.