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"To read Janice Lee’s new book, The Sky Isn’t Blue, is to remember. Not major events or turning points in life, even though she is writing after a huge one in her life, but remembering moments, textures, sounds, pauses. The air that touched my skin once as I walked home. The sound of dust touching glass. How there was blue once above me when I looked up. It makes me rememb ...more
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Published March 11th 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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J.C.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is almost hypnotic in the way after each physical location, the thoughts wonder from one idea and grow into reflections on loss, grieving, space and love. Even in its heaviest ideas, its most dense poetics, I could follow it without a headache. I slowed down just enough to follow the thoughts. sat in the white space for a while. I really enjoyed reading these pages, this bold collection of essays.

There's also lines from Elliott Smith in it, so there's that, too.
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David
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee melds the cerebral with the visceral, emotional, and poetic in this one. It's intense, powerful in multiple ways simultaneously. It left me raw, but satisfyingly...if that makes any sense. In any event, it's good and it's strong and you should read it. ...more
Siel Ju
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If there ever was a city in which every inhabitant could tailor their existence and experience of that city completely, it is LA. Your LA is very different from my LA. My LA from a few years ago is different from my LA today.”
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This poetic, evocative work by Korean-American writer Janice Lee will make you nostalgic for the Los Angeles you’re in now, the Los Angeles you want the city to be, and the Los Angeles that never was.
Alex Lee
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, bio, experimental, poetry
This is a difficult book to assess, mainly because it doesn't present an accessible plot to hinge judgement on. Rather the tension is in the language itself, between description, events, expectations and musings. There is a kind of enchant and wonder in the narrative, and its discord with the narrative biography sits in an unnameable place. In that sense, Lee is pushing more towards an aesthetic statement than about a "story". Rather the attempt to integrate the common in its particularity with ...more
Jared Levine
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
for me, reading this book was like hanging out with a good friend, willing to make profound observations of ourselves and the world, that mean everything and nothing at once.

Janice Lee is brilliant. What she presents in this collection is what I would call poetic personal essays, which detail a variety of topics including longing, loss, desire, space, location, writing, relationships (to other humans, to animals, to art, to memory, to location), and more.

The formatting of text at a glance is a
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Craig
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Janice Lee is a fearless writer.
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Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press, 2021), and Se ...more

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