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A Lesser Love presents poems of love and departure for romantic partners, family members, and even national citizens. Raised around diasporic Korean communities, E. J. Koh describes her work as deeply influenced by the idea of jeong, which can be translated as a deep attachment, bond, and reciprocity for places, people, and things. The spirit of jeong permeates this collection as each po ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 16th 2017 by LSU Press
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Julene
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I met EJ Koh when she read at the Jack Straw Program in 2016. Her first book, "A Lesser Love," is out after winning the Pleiades Press Prize. I heard her read at Hugo House in Seattle on 9/27, which coinsided with her 29th birthday. What a gift she gave to us on her special day.

The book starts with the opening poem "Showtime" placed before the first section. It starts with a translation of the Korean words, "please be kind to me." The next opening poem in the section Heaven is "Confession" whic
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D.A.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, war and recovered testimony from Korea's unhealed border inform the formal and imaginative boundaries within E.J. Koh's panoptic poems. In "A Lesser Love," Koh imagines the details of her own CIA file, revises the Pledge of Allegiance, and translates Beyoncé. With acuity and dexterity, this poet leaps into the dangers of the present.
Kate Gaskin
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These poems are lonely and wise. They're elegies for people and places, songs for love and war and death and the afterlife. Koh's sure hand and pared down verse make for a compelling, quick read, though I will be processing the emotional content of her poems for a long time. Highly recommend.
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Beautifully written and powerful imagery.
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