"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.