Monday, March 03, 2008

PBS Podcast of Li-Young Lee has a podcast of poet Li-Young Lee reading from his work, Descended from Dreamers: Poems by Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents who had been exiled from China. After fleeing the regime of Indonesian President Sukarno in 1959 through Hong Kong, Macau and Japan, his family settled in the United States in 1964. He shares two poems from his recent collection.

Extended video: More poems

This excerpt from Book of My Nights illustrates the beautiful and transitory nature of Lee's writing.

The hyacinth emerges headlong dying,
one of the colors of ongoing
and good-bye,
its odor my very body's smokeless burning,
its voice
night's own dark lap.
Above ground, the crown of flowers tells the wish
brooding earth stitched inside the bulb.
In another kingdom, it was the wick
the lamp cradled, strands
assembled in rapt slumber.


Lee's River/Zlatovyek said...

"brooding earth stitched inside the bulb"

beautiful. Will definitely follow up the link.

rochambeau said...

I've never heard of Li-Young. Thank you for the introduction! Don't you adore pbs!!!

Princess, all I can tell you about Sophia is that her father wrote a comment yesterday (on my post about her) that he was so appreciative for the prayers and good thoughts. He sounded positive. In my heart I believe all will be well!
Thank you for your light!

d. chedwick bryant said...

! ! !
Lee's beat me to it...I was going to mention that line,
I never thought really about the brooding earth inside the bulb--the hyacinth emerges and is so glorious and scented with little drops of dew --it is incredible when spring flowers come. and even moreso when they come through snow.