Karen An-hwei Lee

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Karen Anhwei Lee

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of three books, including Phyla of Joy (Tupelo, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo, 2008), and In Media Res (Sarabande, 2004), winner of the Norma Faber First Book Award. She works in university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University and lives in San Diego, California.

by this poet


Say we no longer bear witness to a body-politic of trauma
after revolution
                by anesthesia or erasure. Say we cover our eyes 
to crossed olive-wood beams on a hill.  Modes of witness   
expose our inadequacy, the human.  Forgetting
is a sign—yes, a thing once existed. Say we

In the bronze skin of your rain-mottled angel of immigration
who looks forward 
                          with a faux diamond clasp 
               of upward mobility on her watery clavicle, 
                                       inner rain called mizzle is shining— 
a frayed chrome-polishing