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Li-Young Lee Discusses His Childhood and Poetry.

Poet Li-Young Lee. He was born into a family of political refugees from China. They traveled throughout Asia for years to escape persecution. In the mid-60's his family moved to Pennsylvania. Lee's poems reflect his struggle with his Chinese heritage - a heritage to which he is bound but in which he never lived. His poems also reflect Lee's attempt to come to terms with the powerful and mythic figure of his father, who was alternately imprisoned and revered for his beliefs. Lee is one of the poets to be featured in Bill Moyer's poetry series, "Bill Moyers: The Power of the Word," on PBS.

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Other segments from the episode on September 21, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 21, 1989: Interview with Cynthia Ozick; Review of Bob Dylan's "Oh, Mercy"; Interview with Li-Young Lee; Commentary on children's names.

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