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Sueyeun Juliette Lee

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Sueyeun Juliette Lee

Sueyeun Juliette Lee edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to multiethnic innovative writing and writes reviews for The Constant Critic. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling and Underground National.

Sueyeun's third book, Solar Maximus, is now out from Futurepoem:

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

From an interview with Entropy magazine, Sueyeun discussed the importance and relevance of poetry in our daily lives.

She says: "We are beleaguered with a simultaneous excess and poverty of meaning that plays upon our feelings when it comes to the language that fills our daily lives. For example, I was always struck by the “threat level” alerts that were announced by Homeland Security and frequently published by major news outlets–like a weather report forecasting the state of our fear. Those alerts were simultaneously completely impoverished of nuance and content (Blue–> Guarded: General Risk of Terrorist Attacks) and overflowing with affective meaning: Be alarmed. Be guarded. Be afraid. The threat is out there but unidentified, vague, everywhere.

That kind of language (which is just an extreme example–there are hundreds and hundreds that swarm past us on a daily basis) really is a perversion of poetry, which can offer up an entire universe of feelings in highly condensed, meaning-rich statements."

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