5th Generation Immigrant

Lee's first full-length collection, 5th Generation Immigrant from ELJ Publications, can be ordered here.

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Here are a few blurbs about Lee's forthcoming book, available July 2014:

"In 5th Generation Immigrant Lee Busby reveals the complex and hidden dimensions of what we call ordinary life.  He often writes in the voice of men struggling with loneliness or otherwise perplexing situations that require of them more emotional dexterity than our culture usually affords them.   But Busby has plenty of emotional dexterity and imagination, and uses them with great empathy.   His narrator is at times bewildered, but always shrewdly observant, viewing the world through a lens that blends wonder and angst.  The landscape shifts from Missouri to New York City to Key West, each vividly rendered.  One of the many pleasures of these poems is their deft use of plain speech and deadpan humor to explore what it means to be a man, a citizen in a post-heroic world.  Underneath the easy-going surface, Busby gives voice to the inner life, our longing for what might be called wholeness or transformation or beauty.  And in these poems he creates that beauty.  This is a book to read once for pleasure and again for more pleasure." - Betsy Sholl

"One subject of Lee Busby's poetry is love: careless love, love done and gone, blood-deep love of place, love of the gods of song and verse, the anchoring love of true friendship, the healthy love we glibly categorize as self-esteem.   All these, in his first collection 5th Generation Immigrant, go a long way towards kindness and care, through a troubling, troubled voice free of postured affirmation and open to such doubts that are prerequisites to faith.  And all these are governed by humor and authenticated by a conversational idiom lifted at points by stunning imagery to a visionary intensity.  The reader will know far more about poetry and the world after reading this remarkable collection." — William Olsen

"Lee Busby's debut collection is a book of sly self-reckonings, where whimsy almost invariably gives way to pathos. Whether he is writing of pop culture or high culture, in autobiographical lyrics or through the point of view of an engaging alter ego called Blackbird, his poems remind us that to successfully praise the quotidian--without glibness or solipsism--is a hard-won skill. But Busby possesses that skill in abundance, and this makes for a first collection of considerable promise, and an equally noteworthy depth of character." — David Wojahn

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You can also order Wild Strawberries (Lee's first chapbook).