Seven Studies for a Self Portrait, Jee Leong Koh's third book of poems, subjects the self to an increasingly complex series of personal investments and investigations. Ever-evolving, ever-improvisatory, the self appears first as a suite of seven ekphrastic poems, then as free verse profiles, riddles, sonnet sequences, and finally a divan of forty-nine ghazals. The discovery the book makes at the end is that the self sees itself best when it is t by itself. Contents: Seven Studies for a Self Portrait, Profiles, I Am My Names, What We Call Vegetables, Translations of an Unkwn Mexican Poet, Bull Eclogues and A Lover's Recourse.
Jee Leong Koh is the author of two other books of poems, Payday Loans and Equal to the Earth (Bench Press). Born and raised in Singapore, Koh now lives in New York City.