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
Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, etc.,
in whatever sector of the soul tonight
you re-light the body's need
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.