Of Ed Bok Lee's second collection, Dobby Gibson notes that there are very few poets who with "with a lens this wide, this gracefully[.]" Indeed, Lee's poetry is, as Gibson says, "rich with destinations" and strives to span worldviews and multiple forms of consciousness. In "Sand Camouflage Energy" Lee writes
Or religion maybe this: we all slide back down our shadows of birth in the enemy's uniform And it matters only on eternity's hot wave you kissed the grenade back and never why or where Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, etc., in whatever sector of the soul tonight you re-light the body's need to glow
The work in this collection, written in an array of poetic styles, is concerned with making sense of a global world and the shifting political, social, and cultural identities within it.
This book review originally appeared in American Poets.