Today's poem is "Loveliest Grotesque"
from Loveliest Grotesque

Kore Press

Sandra Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. She lives in San Francisco.

About Loveliest Grotesque:

"Loveliest Grotesque is a darkly fascinating book. It’s a sweet, shape-shifting creature and a fun postmodern romp. Lim casts vibrant spins on overused Asian-American tropes: a 'red population' could mean paprika, an Alex Katz painting or a 'Dog Cat.' Finally, the slippery slope of too much fun might stop for a nano moment to contemplate an important existential question: 'Why were there manatees at all?' Obviously, the answer is this: after 9/11, in the new millennium, all formal discourses must explode, splinter and fragment and coalesce again into a stunning new voice."
—Marilyn Chin

"Under Sandra Lim's sterrage words regain their liveliness. Loveliest Grotesque is something grand, somthing glorious. Finally we have a return to the kinds of awakenings only poetry can provide."
—Claudia Rankine

"This is work Frank O'Hara would aspire to if he had to be more protective about his delight."
—Charles Altieri

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