Exploring the desolate landscapes of urban isolation, the poems force examination of the very depths of ourselves, where love is manic and families desperate and tragic. Teenagers make out at stations, couples discuss prison suicides in Yosemite, all the while acting on impulses that betray our animal natures. Lee writes with tempestuous energy, and these poems give us an unflinching gaze into what is in our hearts. Larkin, Leicester, love and lust: are we human, or is it just our DNA?
Jason Lee is the author/editor of 20 books, with work translated into sixteen languages. He is Professor of Culture and Creative Writing and Head of Leicester Media School at De Montfort University. His latest critical work is with Bloomsbury. He has won prizes in the Ware Open Poetry Competition, Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, and the Salisbury International Arts Festival Competition.
"Jason Lee's Burning Box offers energetic riffs on a wide range of personal and public themes. Lee chews on the gristle of language and spits out rude gobbets of eloquence." - Gregory Woods
"A remarkable talent." - David Dabydeen