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June Daowen Lei

June Daowen Lei is an art worker, poet, and lifelong New Yorker.

Buttercream & Symbiosis: Joon Oluchi Lee's Neotenica

Lee’s metaphors are unexpected and delightful. He trains an obsessive eye on textures and colors, breathing neuroticisms into his characters by describing the clothing in their closets and the furniture in their apartments. Although this uninhibited detailing alongside a wan plotline makes the prose read as uneven at times, Neotenica’s form is primarily experimental.

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The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2022

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