Wednesday, March 4, 2009

PWP Announces EQUAL TO THE EARTH by Jee Leong Koh

Its First Full-Length Collection:

Poems by
Jee Leong Koh

ISBN 978-0-9817678-9-5
Trade Paperback, 80 pp.
List Price: $14.99
Release Date: April 2009

Invites you to the author's virtual book party!

On March 20, 8 p.m. (EST/ GMT/ SST), I am throwing a Virtual Book and Birthday Party to launch my new book of poems Equal to the Earth. Everyone is invited, and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home, or wherever you find yourself that evening. All you have to do is to visit the book blog or my Facebook page. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Invite your dog.

I'm thinking of reading, in my sexiest voice, a selection of poems from each of the five sections of the book. If you have other suggestions for the party, do write them on the blog. Virtual cheese and crackers will be provided. Bring your own bottle.

You may order the book in advance by using Paypal (blog sidebar) or by mailing me a check for USD $14.99 (3963 58th Street, Apt. 2, Woodside, NY 11377).

I hope to see you at the party, when you write in the guest book. I promise mindblowing acts and memorable speech.

Jee Leong Koh

New book of poems:
Poetry blog:

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In his first full-length collection EQUAL TO THE EARTH, Koh writes in a variety of forms, speaks with a range of voices—ancestral, recent and contemporary—and travels a span of ground to investigate the imaginary claims of community and self. Here you visit Montreal and Montauk, Nebraska City and Fire Island, and a bar where Hart Crane, W. H. Auden and Cavafy hit on you. In the center of this investigation, as in the book, exerts the great question of love.

"Koh is a vigorous, physical poet very much captured by the expressive power of rhythm, rhetoric, and the lexicon. He is also, paradoxically, a poet in pursuit of the most elusive and delicate of human emotions. The contradiction is wonderful and compelling, and so are his poems."
Vijay Seshadri, Author of The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press)

"His poems are like the sexy nerd you meet at a bar, the one you really want to get to know better—with his glasses and tie on and nothing else."
Christopher Hennessy, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press)

"Smart, irreverent, often unnerving, these sonnets smirk,smile, argue and bless. Jee Leong Koh has taken a month of days and rendered a very contemporary version of the artist as a young man."

Marie Howe, about Koh’s Payday Loans

Jee Leong Koh is the author of Payday Loans. His poetry has appeared in the Best New Poets 2007 and Best Gay Poetry 2008 anthologies, and was nominated in 2008 for the Pushcart Prize. Born in Singapore, he now lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter (

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