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Karen An-hwei Lee

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Karen Anhwei Lee

Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012). She lives and teaches in the greater Los Angeles area.

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Say we no longer bear witness to a body-politic of trauma
after revolution
                by anesthesia or erasure. Say we cover our eyes 
to crossed olive-wood beams on a hill.  Modes of witness   
expose our inadequacy, the human.  Forgetting
is a sign—yes, a thing once existed. Say we