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Poet Li-Young Lee speaks at Calvin College
Poet Li-Young Lee speaks at Calvin College

by Lorena Slager in LOCAL LIFE

On Saturday, April 20, poet Li-Young Lee spoke at Calvin College during the Festival of Faith and Writing.

For a man whose voice holds such a confident calmness, it’s surprising when Li-Young Lee reveals his own dissatisfaction with his poems.

“I come to the page everyday to write, and my attitude is, is there a word from the Lord? If God doesn’t write the poem, it’s just writing. I don’t want to be a writer, I’m not interested in being a poet. My real obsession is with the Divine,” Lee explains.

This past Saturday morning, at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing, Lee described his life as a world renowned poet to an audience of writers, teachers, editors and publishers. He read aloud two of his poems, and responded to questions about each.

Prior to reading the poem “Have you prayed,” Lee explained that as a boy, every day when he woke in the morning his father would ask him, “Have you prayed?” to which Lee always responded with a yes- which was...