Friday, 3 September 2010

Meet Shirley Lee


'Potent references' was the comment guest editor Royston Tester gave to Shirley Lee's poem "Letter to a Prominent Korean Man And to You", which will be published in the September 2010 issue of Cha. Royston was right: potent references indeed. Shirley's poem is a heroic and (unfortunately) timely and necessary assertion of the right of all humans to all of our heritage. She claims Homer and Virgil for Korea, and so probably acknowledges everyone's right to the Samguk Yusa. (qtd. Reid Mitchell).
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Bio: Shirley Lee, composer and recording engineer, is currently reading for a degree in Classics and Persian at Oxford. She has read at Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and has had her poetry published in various journals and anthologies. She edited "A Visual Collective Biography of the Former Korean ‘Comfort Women’", published in the summer 2008 issue of the Asia Literary Review.

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