Human Rights by Joseph Lease

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Both traditional and profoundly innovative, Joseph Lease's poems embody a complex emotional and psychological truth. A powerful storyteller, Lease captures his characters' unique inner lives, in a tone at once erotic, social, and mystical. Lease's poems encompass the broad spectrum of being human with unflinching courage.

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Lease's poetry has been featured on NPR and published in The AGNI 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology, VQR, Bay Poetics, Paris Review, and elsewhere. The title poem from Broken World, his third collection, appeared in The Best American Poetry. Originally from Chicago, Lease lives in San Francisco and chairs the MFA Program in Writing at California College of the Arts.
Published April 1, 2000 by Zoland Books. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From staccato verse (""What you fear came true/ Years ago./ Families fill and empty"") and related lean, Creeley-like poems, to earthy biographical and autobiographical prose works, Lease's poems reflect thoughtful lineation and a good ear.

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