Today's poem is "Life Sentences Sonnet for The Goddess"
from Goddess of Democracy


Henry Wei Leung is the author of a chapbook, Paradise Hunger (Swan Scythe 2012), and the translator of Wawa's Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish, 2016). He earned his degrees from Stanford and the Helen Zell Writers' Program, and has been the recipient of Kundiman, Soros, and Fulbright Fellowships. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in such journals as the Crab Orchard Review, The Offing, Spillway, and ZYZZYVA. He is the Managing Editor of the Hawai'i Review.

Books by Henry Wei Leung:

About Goddess of Democracy:

"Henry Wei Leung's Goddess of Democracy tears down the wall between poetry and manifesto, offering new ways to imagine freedom. His is an original voice that speaks courageously to the fears and broken hopes of our time."
—Ruth Behar

"In a bright lexicon of social resistance, Henry Leung has created a poignant, spirited, and ethically-considered collection of poems. The innovative debut is especially welcome in our times of tumult."
—Kimiko Hahn

"If you want to hear faint whispers of a future poetics, give a listen to Henry Wei Leung's Goddess of Democracy. Here, a deft lyric poetry interfuses with radical democracy to compelling ends. This is a book as beautiful as it is bold, as artful in its politics as it is political in its aesthetics. Read it now!"
—Mark Nowak

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