THE BUZZ: 'REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE'
by Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune
March 31, 2006
BOOK: REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE
A potent voice for young immigrants and their second- and third-generation
peers, poet Ed Bok Lee can conjure imagery he's only heard about from
Asian elders as sharply as he can describe stumbling to a downtown-Minneapolis
club (where "I ... definitively refuse to ever dance with your memory/
again, and end up giving it a/pedicure.")
While Lee's ethnic-identity angst can bog down his galloping imagination,
he clearly describes what it's like to be part of a global generation.
His experiments with prose/poetry blending are bold and unself-conscious,
as in this excerpt from the title work:
"when you're singing karaoke
really singing from the center of your being,
in whatever town you're in, whatever bar, club or smoky poolroom
you find your spit-bright rainbow sizzling
the one hot stage light on a Tuesday evening
jukebox broken, stars
a million faceless frozen angels
the only thing that really matters is...
and how much you can affect it with the far end of your voice..."
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