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Solar Maximum
Sueyeun Juliette Lee

If Solar Maximum’s speculative fictions are more concerned with presents than futures, its rigorous calm is deeply disquieted, its systematic clarity vying with diffusion, blindness. Is it a reckoning of human success or error that the cannibalistic clouds over Lee’s blanched landscapes are full of weather and information? That they break themselves down as a body and communications must? Why poetry otherwise? These are stunning poems written to haunt a house we’re in the process of building or, in another light, gently dismantling.
    — Douglas Kearney

A “great disturbance.” A “magnetic delivery.” Hold your breath in the bathtub:to “alter weather patterns.” To belie: a “longing,” the “discrepancy,” how the light itself accrues a “stop-motion” brilliance in the moment, or era, before it arrives. How does the sun “signal” to citizens and non-citizens below? What is happening? Lee has written a book that melts, freezes, then melts again: a set of “kinetic potentials.” Both syntax and the animal body leave their residues throughout this work, becoming, in turn, modes of fluorescence, exposure, a way to time the “solar maximum.” As Lee writes: “The prints in the ground I track for hours lead me to the place I was taught to call home.” Every page has something on it that was both “severe instant” or “coronal flare.” These extraordinary sentences or lines. But at the same time the work feels grounded in a kind of extraordinary praise for the excruciating beauty of planetary life, even as it— as it does — dissolves.
    — Bhanu Kapil

... ablaze, abstract, abstruse, aching, acute, aerial, alien, all-encompassing, alluring, apocalyptic, astounding, beautiful, blinding, brave, cathartic, celestial, cerebral, chosen, cosmic, dazzling, defiant, devastating, diagrammatic, direct, divine, eccentric, economical, eerie, electrifying, elegiac, empathic, excruciating, extraordinary, extrasensory, extreme, fair, fierce, fiery, formidable, furious, futuristic, geometric, ghostly, gorgeous, haunting, human, hurt, incantatory, inspired, intense, jolting, just, keen, kneel-worthy, lightninglike, luminescent, lyrical, magnanimous, magnetic, mysterious, necessary, new, numinous, occult, oneiric, painful, peaceful, phenomenal, phosphorescent, posthuman, prehistoric, quantum, questioning, radiant, raw, relentless, reverential, rhapsodic, righteous, searching, severe, shattering, shimmering, shorn, silencing, singular, spellbinding, stark, sublime, telepathic, timeless, trenchant, unforgettable, unapproachable, uncanny, unearthly, unprecedented, visionary, vivid, vulnerable, weird, wild, wondrous, wrought, xenomorphic, yearning, yonder, zenithal...
    — Seo-Young Chu

About the Author
Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA. She edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to multi-ethnic innovative writing, and writes poetry reviews for The Constant Critic. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press) and Underground National (Factory School) as well as numerous chapbooks. A Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, she has held residencies for poetry and video art at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), and UCross Foundation in Wyoming.

Links
Solar Maximum one of Entropy's Best Poetry Books of 2015
Peter Tieryas reviews Solar Maximum for Entropy
Excerpt featured on The Margins
Entropy's National Poetry Month Featured Poet
"The Quiet Sun", OmniVerse
Commentary, Jacket2
"Shock and Blah: Offensive Postures in 'Conceptual' Poetry and the Traumatic Stuplime", TheVolta
2013 Pew Fellow reading
PennSound: Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Brian Reed reviews Sueyeun Juliette Lee's "Korea" on Arcade
Author website
 
 

Winter 2015

128 pages, 6 × 8 inches 
Paperback Poetry
978-0996002523

$18 U.S.
View Buy

Winter 2015

128 pages, 6 × 8 inches 
Paperback Poetry
978-0996002523

$18 U.S.
View Buy

If Solar Maximum’s speculative fictions are more concerned with presents than futures, its rigorous calm is deeply disquieted, its systematic clarity vying with diffusion, blindness. Is it a reckoning of human success or error that the cannibalistic clouds over Lee’s blanched landscapes are full of weather and information? That they break themselves down as a body and communications must? Why poetry otherwise? These are stunning poems written to haunt a house we’re in the process of building or, in another light, gently dismantling.
    — Douglas Kearney

A “great disturbance.” A “magnetic delivery.” Hold your breath in the bathtub:to “alter weather patterns.” To belie: a “longing,” the “discrepancy,” how the light itself accrues a “stop-motion” brilliance in the moment, or era, before it arrives. How does the sun “signal” to citizens and non-citizens below? What is happening? Lee has written a book that melts, freezes, then melts again: a set of “kinetic potentials.” Both syntax and the animal body leave their residues throughout this work, becoming, in turn, modes of fluorescence, exposure, a way to time the “solar maximum.” As Lee writes: “The prints in the ground I track for hours lead me to the place I was taught to call home.” Every page has something on it that was both “severe instant” or “coronal flare.” These extraordinary sentences or lines. But at the same time the work feels grounded in a kind of extraordinary praise for the excruciating beauty of planetary life, even as it— as it does — dissolves.
    — Bhanu Kapil

... ablaze, abstract, abstruse, aching, acute, aerial, alien, all-encompassing, alluring, apocalyptic, astounding, beautiful, blinding, brave, cathartic, celestial, cerebral, chosen, cosmic, dazzling, defiant, devastating, diagrammatic, direct, divine, eccentric, economical, eerie, electrifying, elegiac, empathic, excruciating, extraordinary, extrasensory, extreme, fair, fierce, fiery, formidable, furious, futuristic, geometric, ghostly, gorgeous, haunting, human, hurt, incantatory, inspired, intense, jolting, just, keen, kneel-worthy, lightninglike, luminescent, lyrical, magnanimous, magnetic, mysterious, necessary, new, numinous, occult, oneiric, painful, peaceful, phenomenal, phosphorescent, posthuman, prehistoric, quantum, questioning, radiant, raw, relentless, reverential, rhapsodic, righteous, searching, severe, shattering, shimmering, shorn, silencing, singular, spellbinding, stark, sublime, telepathic, timeless, trenchant, unforgettable, unapproachable, uncanny, unearthly, unprecedented, visionary, vivid, vulnerable, weird, wild, wondrous, wrought, xenomorphic, yearning, yonder, zenithal...
    — Seo-Young Chu

About the Author
Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA. She edits Corollary Press, a chapbook series devoted to multi-ethnic innovative writing, and writes poetry reviews for The Constant Critic. Her books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press) and Underground National (Factory School) as well as numerous chapbooks. A Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, she has held residencies for poetry and video art at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), and UCross Foundation in Wyoming.

Links
Solar Maximum one of Entropy's Best Poetry Books of 2015
Peter Tieryas reviews Solar Maximum for Entropy
Excerpt featured on The Margins
Entropy's National Poetry Month Featured Poet
"The Quiet Sun", OmniVerse
Commentary, Jacket2
"Shock and Blah: Offensive Postures in 'Conceptual' Poetry and the Traumatic Stuplime", TheVolta
2013 Pew Fellow reading
PennSound: Sueyeun Juliette Lee
Brian Reed reviews Sueyeun Juliette Lee's "Korea" on Arcade
Author website