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Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of the Year by UK's Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the USA. He has published three other books of poems, a book of zuihitsu, and, most recently, a collection of critical and personal essays. His work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Russian, and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, Koh lives in New York City, where he heads the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound, which is dedicated to the struggle for freedom of expression and equal rights for all.

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Published on April 18, 2019 03:37
Average rating: 4.04 · 311 ratings · 57 reviews · 15 distinct worksSimilar authors
Steep Tea

4.21 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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The Pillow Book

3.72 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2012
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Equal to the Earth

4.28 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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Seven Studies for a Self Po...

4.36 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2011
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Payday Loans

3.77 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Bite Harder: Open Letters a...

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
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The core story—Tilo's relationship with three men, Musa the freedom fighter, Biplab the government man, Naga the journalist—could have come across as schematic, but that it does not is testament to Roy's skill in depicting character and crafting situ ...more
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The Great Short Novels of Henry James by Henry James
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Interesting for both the complete works of art and for the lesser works that would eventually evolve into the mature novels. "Daisy Miller" is both, I suppose. The most complete, and perfect, novels here are those that deal with authorship—"The Autho ...more
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The Liberal Imagination by Lionel Trilling
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Dear Life by Alice Munro
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Well worth reading, though not as uniformly wonderful as Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. The gems here have to do with the conflict between desire and motherhood—"To Reach Japan" and "Gravel"—or with missed opportunities for love ...more
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Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
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Compared to the worldly, coarse, and self-satisfied colleagues around him, Pnin comes off as an innocent unleashed upon an American campus to show its worldliness, coarseness, and self-satisfaction. That the reader falls in love with such obdurate in ...more
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Inheritance by Marie Ee
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Slim pickings in a slim book featuring the work of younger Singaporean poets. Most of the poems are, unsurprisingly, about family, and most of these family poems are overly sentimental and all-too-pious for my taste. How refreshing then to re-encount ...more
The Experiment of the Tropics by Lawrence Lacambra Ypil
"Ypil writes, ‘A parade is a way of walking around a town without leaving.’ The poet refuses to leave old photographs of Cebu alone. In a parade or lyrical pageantry of aphoristic, ekphrastic ruminations, the book becomes a haunted meditation on ti..." Read more of this review »
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Occupational Hazards by Mayo Martin
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Many charming poems in this collection, more than one has the right to expect from a debut. Martin is an accomplished writer in prose, and this foray into verse brings a serious whimsy into the rather monotonous world of new Singapore poetry. The top ...more
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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay
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George I got my copy of Equal to the Earth and have had time to read it. Very impressive work. I particularly liked the Fire Island series at the end and specially the last stanza of 7. Fire Island. I guess that's what we all hope for. And the poem Floor Tiling where the “two designs coexisted.“ Each of your books has seemed to me to be a step ahead, a progression; more concentrated and therefore increasingly interesting to read. So I enjoyed Equal to the Earth very much and am waiting for the next.


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Jee Koh Thanks, Abha, for your kind comment on my ghazals. What is your native tongue?

Abha wrote: "hi,
went to your blog and was blown away by your ghazals. first time i actually enjoyed english ghazals, usually they lack something for me, since i write them in my native tongue. try to.
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Abha hi,
went to your blog and was blown away by your ghazals. first time i actually enjoyed english ghazals, usually they lack something for me, since i write them in my native tongue. try to.



Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Phayvanh Thanks! This is helping me to understand the book better. It's our book club selection this month, and I'm trying to like it.

I can't tell beyond your three stars whether you liked it or not, but perhaps it doesn't matter so much. It's a good book. It just prbably isn't for me.


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