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Poetry Path: Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee, from "Praise Them"

Li-Young Lee was born in 1957 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese political exiles, his father having been the personal physician to Mao Zedong. He moved to the United States in 1964, where he would become a professor and poet, publishing five volumes of poetry. His most recent collection is The Undressing (W. W. Norton, 2018). His accolades include three Pushcart Prizes and a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.

Li-Young Lee, from "Praise Them"

Li-Young Lee, from "Praise Them" detail Photo by Daniel Terna

Photos by Daniel Terna

Li-Young Lee, excerpt from “Praise Them” from Book of My Nights. Copyright © 2001 by Li-Young Lee. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of BOA Editions, Ltd.,

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