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Human / Nature [Kindle Edition]

Lance Lee

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Book Description

HUMAN/NATURE bears witness to a lyricism rare in much of today's poetry as the author unflinchingly explores the condition of being human, and especially how easy it is to shed the thin skin of humanity. He brings voices as diverse as Hannibal and Rembrandt into this work.

Lance Lee is a poet, playwright, and novelist. His previous volumes include SEASONS OF DEFIANCE (Birch Brook Press), WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL (The Smith), and BECOMING HUMAN. He resides in Los Angeles and London.

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"This collection bears witness to a lyricism rare in much of today's writing... evidence of a master at work..." --Jackson Wheeler, Editor, SOLO

In Human/Nature "you won't find the still small voice, restraint, objectivity, the acceptance of any part of life as ordinary. Lance Lee has access to vast nature, to the classical world, to evocative places everywhere. His stance in a world he finds marvelous is that of full participation, the outer world in intimate connection with the inner, and with the classical cultural past an organic one. "Threaded through the collection but explored fully in the first part there is too his fraught relationship with his father, his mourning for his father. Yet like other experiences bought into poetry here it is supra-personal as well as biographical. Every observation and memory is highly charged and whatever his existential musings his vision remains ecstatic. For many contemporary readers and commentators it may be that his feast is too opulent. Not for me! My only reservation is that the subjectivity (and there's a clear distinction here between the subjective and the autobiographical) that bathes his every theme can lose sight of the particular qualities of things in themselves--for example in his poem 'Stopnehenge.' And again his Rembrandt is so fused into so much of the self he has displayed elsewhere, Rembrandt seems to get lost.... "However, these side effects, so rarely encountered, are a small price to pay for this voice of pure poetry. Who else these days will write a poem on the splendour of a sunset--indeed about a sunset at all--and do so as if for the first time in the history of poetry... "Lance Lee's genius is in creating poetry for anyone with the slightest lingering wish for the beauty that can still infuse life. How he liberates us!" --Judy Gahagan, AMBIT, UK

"His great strength is his ability to look with unflinching honesty at the condition of being human..." --Mary Schneider, Author

From the Publisher

HUMAN/NATURE, Lance Lee's latest collection of poetry, brings together under one cover an achievement that has been gathering momemtum ever since his earlier successes in WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL and BECOMING HUMAN. The breadth and depth of this work is evidenced in its sharp-edged imagery and far-reaching perspectives: stunning poems about his relationship with his father, his psychological connection to artists and historical figures such as Rembrandt and Hannibal, and by drawing upon mythological stalwarts such as Orpheus and Eurydice.

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  • File Size: 93 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: First Edition Design eBook Publishing (August 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KMV3S6
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lance Lee's poems, stories and articles have been accepted in both American and English journals such as Antioch Review, Cross Currents, Agenda, Outposts, Stand, Orbis, Ambit, Acumen, Nimrod, Iron, POEM and Poetry Northwest. Books include Wrestling With The Angel, Becoming Human, Human/Nature and Seasons of Defiance (2010). He is a recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and various other scholarships.

Essays appear variously, including the "The American Voice" online for the US Poets Issue for Agenda, and "Script Analysis Conventional and Unconventional" in On The Waterfront from Cambridge University Press...

A number of his plays have been produced and published. Rasputin and Gambits were produced at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Time's Up and Fox, Hound, & Huntress were premiered in Los Angeles, the latter with help from the Rockefeller Foundation via the Office for Advanced Drama Research. Publications include Time's Up; Fox, Hound, & Huntress; and Time's Up and Other Plays.

He founded an MFA program in playwrighting at the University of Southern California, and helped found the graduate screenwriting program at California State University, Northridge. He has published several works on screenwriting and drama: The Understructure of Writing for Film & Television, A Poetics for Screenwriters, and The Death and Life of Drama: reflections on writing and human nature (2005) for a wider professional audience.

His works also include a novel, Second Chances.

His family is split between Los Angeles, where he helped establish the California State Park System in the Santa Monica Mountains, and London, where a married daughter lives by chance in the family seat for generations on his wife's side. He has developed an English readership and publication record as a result, and often gives poetry readings when in London.

He was born in the then Doctors Hospital near Gracie Mansion in 1942 in Manhattan in New York City: his mother, as Lucile Wilds, was a famous model of the time, with her legs insured for $100,000, and her smile everywhere.

Visit: lanceleeauthor.com for a full listing of books, reviews, and events.

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