The Bees Make Money in the Lion

The Bees Make Money in the Lion Winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Book Competition Selected by Lesle Lewis Shane McCrae Wendy Xu The Bees Make Money in the Lion is a journey across a dizzying landscape of immigrants and a

  • Title: The Bees Make Money in the Lion
  • Author: Lo Kwa Mei-en
  • ISBN: 9780996316736
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the 2015 CSU Poetry Center Open Book Competition, Selected by Lesle Lewis, Shane McCrae, Wendy Xu The Bees Make Money in the Lion is a journey across a dizzying landscape of immigrants and androids, of alien romance and elegies Here we encounter a language that is both familiar and estranging phones burble, voices tune by auto fable, and we are kick Winner of the 2015 CSU Poetry Center Open Book Competition, Selected by Lesle Lewis, Shane McCrae, Wendy Xu The Bees Make Money in the Lion is a journey across a dizzying landscape of immigrants and androids, of alien romance and elegies Here we encounter a language that is both familiar and estranging phones burble, voices tune by auto fable, and we are kicked in the essay Lo Kwa Mei en is a formalist trickster her aubades, sonnets, and pastorals are like none you ve ever read be fore, stuttering with rapid fire rhymes and repetitions, pulling you through unexpected swerves Reading this remarkable collection is like downloading a copy of a consciousness FAQ, finding within it a fractured yet powerful voice Voltas fail and forms falter, but Lo Kwa Mei en s poems declare here we are, unhurt nowhere, editing violence until we dawn Timothy Yu If rapture is a dizzy ecstasy brought on by a love no deeper than a hot mouth, then call me taken in and taken over Lo Kwa Mei en s The Bees Make Money in the Lion is bawdiness and bombast, a babel of tongues locked and loaded, vowel drunk and pledging allegiance to the bones of a lion These downloaded colonists and conquerors masquerading as citizens romance the future, drag you to the edge by your treacherous light I want to lick these poems from z to a, wear this sonnet crown like a riddled king of this alien kingdom and its honeyed kingdom come Traci Brimhall Lo Kwa Mei en s second collection rings with bravado s vibratto Her honeyed roar, itself golden and generously gilding, acknowledges an echo s willingness to submit, and cries Lo instead clever reverberation in her self landscape as she recites a fable with no phobia Here, the alien non citizen disassembles the colony by naming its simulacrum of fear in varying degrees of intimacy the tourist, the migrant, the stranger, the immigrant This is the futurist s job In The Bees Make Money in the Lion, the hive serves as metaphor for a postmodern diaspora to be at the mercy of a swarm, compliant within the biblical irresistible, an actor in a dystopian myth disguised as reality Lo Kwa Mei en s speaker pledges not to nation but to story Her exquisite execution of form works to mythify this speaker, rendering her super capable Ladan OsmanLo Kwa Mei en is the author of Yearling Alice James Books, 2015 , winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Romances The Lettered Streets Press and Two Tales Bloom Books She lives and works in Cincinnati.

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    1. I enjoyed this even when I wasn't entirely sure what was happening. I think the reimagination of speaker as Android and Alien (in such literal ways) was a little much for me, but this was such a compelling read and stylistic success that I couldn't look away.

    2. "In these poems, Lo Kwa Mei-en constructs an eerily familiar, futuristic universe inhabited by citizens and aliens, would-be colonizers and their survivors, which recalls Karen Tei Yamashita’s cyborgian landscapes and Donna Haraway’s 1980s manifesto. As stated in the title of the opening poem 'Pastoral with No Quarter,' these poems back down from nothing. They are fierce in their naming of trauma and survival."—Hit the link to read Jasmine An's full review of THE BEES MAKE MONEY IN THE LIO [...]

    3. One of the most exciting new books of poems I've read in a long while. If this is what contemporary poetry has in store, sign me up.

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