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Comment 9 of 9, added on April 22nd, 2013 at 1:54 PM.

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unarkatry from Netherlands
Comment 8 of 9, added on April 13th, 2010 at 11:35 PM.
I regret to inform you

That you're all wrong. I was good friends with Lee when he was in Pittsburg
growing up. Dude smoked a LOT of weed. He gets high, writes these
minimalist poems after screwing his wife Donna, and then gets dumbshit
pseudo intellectuals like all y'all to scratch you're heads over em. And
he's gettin' famous! Haha. Blaze one, read his collections, and you'll get

Jackson Wholkler from Canada
Comment 7 of 9, added on March 8th, 2010 at 1:28 PM.

Well listen hear amanda you are kaniving little kunt so phuck you

Amanda Loves cok... just kidding... she doesnt from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 6 of 9, added on March 8th, 2010 at 1:25 PM.
Legalize Marijuana

Sexy Couger

Juan Astrokiet from China
Comment 5 of 9, added on March 8th, 2010 at 1:20 PM.

this poem is the shitiest thing in the world the toliet wouldnt even except
this shit, cokfish.

bofoe from United States
Comment 4 of 9, added on March 8th, 2010 at 1:20 PM.

this poem is the flumdump!

bofoe from United States
Comment 3 of 9, added on December 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 PM.
another view

I don't see this as a man losing his virginity, but as a man realizing how
love transcends the mere physicality of "love-making." Yes, the speaker is
in post-coital bliss, but the bliss is more informed by his acknowledgement
that the intense connection he and his lover have made is more than just
sexual. The first stanza certainly prepares us for this, as the speaker
realizes he'll "need what I know so clearly this moment," perhaps when he
may doubt their love for one another, as in any real relationship.

Everything about the setting will contribute to his being able to attach
tangible things to a deeply emotional response. If he can look back and
remember the room, the book, her belly, the sun's reflection...he'll be
able to tap into that mystery that so utterly consumes him and conjure the
feelings he carries at that moment.

This, along with EE Cummings' "somewhere i have never travelled," is one of
the most beautiful, heartfelt evocations I've ever read.

pagliacci from United States
Comment 2 of 9, added on January 31st, 2006 at 2:12 PM.

WOW. this is FLIPPIN confusing. but we're smart. so. we, like amanda,
believe that this poem is the first time the speaker had sex. All these
things that he talks about ("love-cries, scent etc") are all the things he
wants to remember- when the love with this woman evaporates. He wants to
stash all these memories of his sexual endeavors in "this room and
everything in it" so that he may look back on it when the time comes- when
he feels that love will not ... BUT THE ONE THING we do not understand is
this last stanza, where he all of sudden, FORGETS wtf his idea is about...
WHAT DOES THIS MEEEEEANNNN??? WTF 0_0. when he describes the book, on the
windowsill, we believe that this is the point in his "love makin" that he
is completely "into it" so that time seems endless, like the flipping of
the pages, and the flipping from past to present will not stop- his
memories and future is flashing before his eyes. -whoa- deep eh? the line
"useless, useless" seems to imply that love itself is useless and that all
it is is sex, and nothing comes from it. but he still seems to have hope,
and wants to find the true meaning of love- he'll never stop looking.. one
thing we also don't get is "your closed eyes my extinction." we looked up
the word extinction and the psychological meaning was the loss of
excitability, which totally didn't make sense in the poem. (please, if
anyone knows get back to us) THANKKKYUUUUU. lee is such a kool man. >__<

CECILIA & KELLAN from United States
Comment 1 of 9, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 10:17 AM.

so i read this poem and at first i didnt know what to make of it. i had no
idea of what it could have been about. I thought about it, though, and came
to the understanding of it being about the first time the narrator made
love. there are certain lines in the poem i didnt understand though and
threw me off a little bit... if anyone wants to respond to this via my
e-mail acount please feel free... thank you and have a nice day everyone.

amanda from United States

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Poet: Li-Young Lee
Poem: This Room And Everything In It
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 7 2009

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