Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics

Apr 9, 2014

Behind My Eyes by Li-Young Lee
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When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Chicago-based poet Li-Young Lee about his family history and philosophy on poetry. 

Li-Young Lee is giving a reading at North Carolina State University tomorrow at 7:30pm as part of the Owens-Walters Reading Series.