The opening poem, "Furious Versions," is a long, seven-part account of his family's exile.
Fueled with the sense that he is the only one who has lived to tell it, Lee recounts his father's fractured life and the loss of his brother.
SOURCE: "Auditory Imaginations: The Sense of Sound," in The Georgia Review, Vol. He speaks for the disenfranchised, but from the particular voice of a late-twentieth-century Chinese-American trying to make sense of both his heritage and his inheritance.
Positioning himself as father and son, Chinese and American, exile and citizen, Lee finds himself on the cusp of history; his duty, as he sees it, is to "tell my human / tale, tell it against / the current of that vaster, that / inhuman telling." The City in Which I Love You picks up where Lee's first book, Rose, left off.
Deeply personal, Lee's poetry explores identity, particularly his sense of being part of a vast, global Chinese diaspora.
Biographical Information Lee was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to parents who had been exiled from China.
SOURCE: "Inheritance and Invention in Li-Young Lee's Poetry," in MELUS, Vol.
Li-Young Lee’s poetry draws on his memories of the refugee experience and stories recounted by family members.
Lee continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Arizona, and State University of New York.
He has taught at Northwestern and the University of Iowa.