Books by Joseph Lease

HUMAN RIGHTS by Joseph Lease
Released: April 1, 1998

"Lease excels when he's 'just trying to understand this instant'—a not altogether original poetic creed these days, but one nevertheless that disguises his bland insight."
This first collection by a Tufts University professor declares its demanding aesthetic right at the start: decrying "narrative" and "ambition," the poet of "Michael Kohlhaas"—his reimagining of Kleist's novella—favors "metaphor" and "visual arrangement," and Lease adheres to this stringent, surreal notion in numerous poems that seem to be little more than collages of arresting images. Read full book review >