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Ed Bok Lee

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Ed Bok Lee grew up in South Korea, North Dakota, and Minnesota. He is the author of Whorled (Coffee House Press, 2011), which received the 2012 American Book Award and Minnesota Book Award, and Real Karaoke People (New Rivers Press, 2005), which received the PEN/Open Book Award and the Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice).

by this poet

How to love like water loves
when it’s impossible to even taste
all the ghostly sediments
each time you take a sip

Impossible to savor
the salt in your blood
the light and island shorelines
in each living cell

When even the plainest mouthful
tastes more of you than you of it

Sweetest of absences
that frees in