Connor & Seal by Jee Leong Koh
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Author: Jee Leong Koh
Title: Connor & Seal
A Harlem Story in 47 Poems
Library of Congress Control Number: 2019953150
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Retail Price: $15.95
5.83 x 8.27” Paperback; 78 Pages
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Inspired by Rita Dove's groundbreaking Thomas and Beulah, Connor & Seal is a masterful queering of poetic lineage. With oracular grace and whimsy, these poems innovate the public and private axes of gay love in a tumescent future. We meet Connor, a native Nebraskan and fledgling grant writer, and Seal, a financial analyst from Kingston, Jamaica, as they flummox the space between desire and demise, “the sun again a big orange pill / stuck in the blue throat of the sky.” Connor & Seal serves as almanac to a time not far off, of techno-queer bots, state-sponsored violence, and individual resistance. With imaginative dexterity and stylistic flexibility, each poem in Connor & Seal becomes a cipher of the labor of tomorrow’s construction: “a bench where two old faggots had to stop,” an emblem of a future history, “as quiet as the siren / is alarming.”
“Jee Leong Koh’s poems dance like drops of oil in a hot skillet. Formally playful yet rooted in the high moral stakes of race and sex, Connor & Seal is a timely reminder that history is made with bodies as much as it’s made on them.”
Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea, named a Best Book of the Year by UK’s Financial Times and a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; Payday Loans; Equal to the Earth; and Seven Studies for a Self Portrait. His collection of zuihitsu, The Pillow Book, was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize.
Jee lives in New York City. He is the founder of the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound, which organizes the biennial Singapore Literature Festival in New York City and the monthly Second Saturdays Reading Series, and publishes works of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction through Gaudy Boy.