Walter K. Lew: Treadwinds: Poems and Intermedia Texts by Patricia Spears Jones

Part of the Editor's Choice series.

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Lyric and experimental are not words that are usually joined in sentences about a poet’s work, but then few poets are as lyrical or as experimental as Walter K. Lew. This collection deeply affirms poetry’s capacity to re-create language and revisit graphics while tackling some heavy-duty stuff like Korean immigrant culture, American imperialism, modernism’s legacies, and the demands of collaboration, as the text is combined with collages by Lewis Klahr. I had the pleasure of reading from “Two Handfuls of waka for Thelonius Sphere Monk (d. Feb., 1982)” at this year’s Asian American Literary Awards, where Treadwinds was a winner, and it was a great pleasure to recite the following: “Can no more wander / In his stride, slide and wangle … Close to the end of / the world anyway: What a difference a / Misterio or Epistrophy?” Somehow I can see Monk nod in agreement.

—Patricia Spears Jones

Treadwinds was published by Wesleyan University Press in June 2002.

Excerpts from 1982 by Walter K. Lew
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