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Using Walt Whitman s Leaves of Grass as a springboard, Corinne Lee s second book of poetry is an eco-epic that investigates and embodies the deterioration of America s environment due to industrial agriculture, fossil fuels, war, racism, and technology. Lee s book-length work draws upon a variety of poetic forms and histories especially events in 1892, which included a surge in lynching in America and the beginning of our coup d etat of Hawaii to examine how modern technology facilitated the Holocaust, sustains America s racist prison industrial complex, fuels climate change, and ultimately underlies what has been called the Sixth Extinction.A daring and dazzling narrative of great originality, Plenty advocates a feminist ecobuddhist perspective: only by dismantling false hierarchies, especially those of patriarchal capitalism, are we able to recognize that all agents of environmental collapse are one with us."
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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 155 x 226 x 10mm | 181g
  • Penguin Books
  • English
  • 0143108174
  • 9780143108177

About Corinne Lee

Corinne Lee s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in dozens of literary magazines. Her debut collection, PYX, was selected by Pattiann Rogers as a winner of the National Poetry Series competition and was published by Penguin. Ms. Lee was chosen by the Poetry Society of America as one of the top ten emerging poets in America. Six of her poems have been included in Best American Poetry. She was educated at the University of Southern California, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the University of Texas at Austin.She lives in the Texas Hill Country."
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Praise for "Plenty" "" "Plenty "arises with litany and ire to meet the degradation of the Anthropocene, toxic hand of man everywhere complicit in planetary woes. Lee s epic magnanimously explores the frightening heights and unfathomable depths of crisis through a vibrant, cosmic naming and calling out. This is a compelling, bold, and studious documentary poetics. --Anne Waldman "Stylistically radiant and diverse, " Plenty" is an epic for our time: shattered with horrors and difficult truths, blazing with warnings and, perhaps even redemptively, with the assertion of the capacities of poetry to enlighten and sing."--Dean Young Ourbizarrehistorical moment sprawls here into a Roundup Ready, gun-toting, womb envying, American insistence on song. A wild and fevered epic devoted to saving the plenty of the lyric voice from annihilation. --Alison Hawthorne Deming Here we have (as Whitman did) Emerson s idea of entranced waiting (solitary, grand, secular) but from a place/time/mind so full, so high in flames it seems miraculous that anyone could be so relentlessly awake and singing there (here). . .the volume is high, the tone necessarily and at once keening, meditative, accusing, aroused. --Kathleen Peirce"
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