E.J. Koh Book Launch: A Lesser Love
Poet E.J. Koh reads from her debut collection, A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry. Join us for poetry, music, and book giveaways!
Paul Constant and Martin McClellan, founders of The Seattle Review of Books and early supports of Koh’s work—will lead the introduction as well as a Q&A following the reading.
Books will be for sale from Open Books: A Poem Emporium.
Praise for A Lesser Love:
“Koh’s poetry is born from the pain of immigration, the pain of immigrant parents—their relentless labor for survival, their neglected children. Koh is also an inheritor of Korea’s violent history, so her language is crevassed and laced with historical anger, loss, and violence. A Lesser Love is a remarkable debut book that exposes broken love, broken bodies across the sea of migration and history.” — Don Mee Choi, author of Hardly War and The Morning News Is Exciting
“Love, war and recovered testimony from Korea’s unhealed border inform the formal and imaginative boundaries within EJ Koh’s panoptic poems. In ‘A Lesser Love,’ Koh imagines the details of her own CIA file, revises the Pledge of Allegiance, and translates Beyoncé. With acuity and dexterity, this poet leaps into the dangers of the present.” — D.A. Powell, author of Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys