I was interviewed on the Joe Milford Poetry Show last night: one-and-a-half hour unedited reading and conversation about my new book of poems Equal to the Earth. We talked about my Singaporean background, art and autobiography, the mythic sea, use of meter and form, sense of humor (!), the objective correlative, children's playfulness, Chinese homosexuals, and love.
From the show website:
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"Jee Leong Koh is a vigorous, physical poet very much captured by the expressive power of rhythm, rhetoric, and the lexicon. He is also, paradoxically, a poet in pursuit of the most elusive and delicate of human emotions. The contradiction is wonderful and compelling, and so are his poems."
--Vijay Seshadri, author of The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press)
"His poems are like the sexy nerd you meet at a bar, the one you really want to get to know better-- with his glasses and tie on and nothing else." Read more.
--Christopher Hennessy, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press)
"Equal to the Earth is characterised by enquiry, technical curiosity and emotional questioning." Read more.
"I was several times reminded of Joni Mitchell's conversational, outsider-styled song lyrics while reading this book." Read more.
--Robert Urban, Urban Productions, NYC
After my book party I invited people to give me their takes on my poems, in the form of poems, art, photography, videos or readings in their own voice. AH responded to the poetry and the photography with an elegant sonnet.
Portrait alcun’altra beltà nel cor traluce. --Michelangelo (76).
Unable to discern the solar eye (In dark before the alba’s light) I hill The brightness settings through degrees until At thirty-seven there is symmetry;
And mid-tones, shadows, highlights re-concur, To form a formal elegance. Your look, Now balanced, burning bright, unfolds that book Of love that stirs inside the connoisseur
Of eyes “Some other Beauty in the heart Not issuing from light’s first cause.” Observed At this intensity, you are reserved, Ethereal, as others hear: pure art.
I note, then turn again to what was good: The cockcrow dark of man in Morningwood.
AH is a writer and teacher who lives in the United Kingdom. Since Spring 2006, he has written a poetry blog using the name Eshuneutics. (In a past incarnation, his field of academic research was Ezra Pound and The Cantos). His main interests are modern poetry, the Hermetical tradition from the Renaissance onwards, and gay poetries.