Today's poem is "Invocation"
from Phyla of Joy

Tupelo Press

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), selected for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize by Heather McHugh and chosen for the Norma Farber First Book Award by Cole Swensen. A former writing resident at the MacDowell Colony of the Arts and the Millay Arts Colony and recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant, she currently chairs the English Department at a faith-based college in southern California, where she is also a novice harpist.

Books by Karen An-hwei Lee:

Other poems on the web by Karen An-hwei Lee:
"Prayer for the Underground Supplicant"
Five poems
"Prayer for Equinoctial Green"

Karen An-hwei Lee According to Wikipedia.

Karen An-hwei Lee on Twitter.

About Phyla of Joy:

"Karen An-hwei Lee’s third book is a beautiful and sustained meditation on the impermanence of humanity’s essential components: memory, spirituality, emotion, thought....Contemplative and linguistically sophisticated, Phyla of Joy is simply exquisite —‘ink and stanza / flow like wind on grass.’"
—Rigoberto González

"Karen An-hwei Lee’s masterful and vivacious poems are testaments to what Lee calls in one poem 'the abundance of desire.' Like few other poets, Lee renders the particulars of this world with exquisite precision. But at the same time, she attends to metaphysical, otherworldly realms, those mysterious spaces we encounter when we acknowledge our desire for love and for divinity. Phyla of Joy makes clear Karen An-hwei Lee’s crucial and enduring contribution to contemporary poetry."
—Peter Campion

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