The Dead in Daylight
Available from COOPER DILLON BOOKS.
The Dead in Daylight named a long-list finalist for the 2016 Julie Suk Award.
“A fiercely feminine blood runs through these poems. Of wire, of salt, of harvest, of motherhood, of daughterhood, and all that these elements lay claim to. The Dead in Daylight reveals an astonishing voice that is equal parts ferocious and tender. Melody S. Gee’s collection builds a generous fire where origin is praised and where history shines beyond the flame.” -Tina Chang
“Melody S. Gee’s poems reveal the tethers and the hooks of the past. Beautifully strange and intimate, her language maps the push and pull of motherhood and familial history. A deftly chiseled voice speaks and sings in this book; it’s a voice that’s original and immediate. Striking images attend to both the uncanny and the sublime. In one poem, we’re given ‘a forest of doors.’ In another, the ‘throat shiver of music.’ The Dead in Daylight is one of the best books I’ve read this year.” -Eduardo C. Corral
Each Crumbling House
WINNER OF THE 2010 PERUGIA PRESS BOOK PRIZE.
Available from PERUGIA PRESS.
Melody Gee’s Each Crumbling House is a tale of return not marked by triumph, but of a palpable absence. The poems’ speakers “count arrows of exiled/geese” to know not only about what it is to feel cold, but what it is to leave home. There is comfort here, too: in the spaces of longing, an understanding is reached upon the return to homeland. While the speakers are reaching for ways to name the pain of lost histories and lost relatives, “always/a word away from the word,” Melody Gee’s poems are full of the right words, folding and unfolding the way that wings do from the mass clusters of Monarch butterflies wintering in the pines, huddling together for warmth.
-Oliver de la Paz
Melody Gee proves to us through her poetry that first-generation Asian American experiences still matter and will always matter. But even more so, her quietly unsettling and powerful book speaks to the whole human experience through its exploration of inheritance. These are haunting poems about culture, nature, and ultimately about love.