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RAIN ON THE PACIFIC COAST is a tapestry of human experience, in which desires and passing worlds crisscross, collude, and collide. Each poem is a tiny spark that flies off in various types of encounter, giving significance and illumination to seemingly brief and mundane moments of daily existence. The poems are rooted in space and time and involve real people. Read in a certain way, they are mini life-dramas. Behind the scenes, the poet plays the roles of provocateur, critic, voyeur, seducer, lamenter, lover, and spiritual guide. Many of the poems were written in different places in Hong Kong around the time of change over. Others were conceived at various locations from Eastern Canada to the Pearl River Delta.
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ELBERT LEE was raised in Hong Kong and has studied in Hong Kong, Canada and New Zealand. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines and e-journals, including Cha, Fusion, Muse Magazine, and Poetry Macao. He has also contributed poems to a number of anthologies, namely, Fifty/Fifty: A New Anthology of Hong Kong Writing and Hong Kong Poems: an English German Anthology. His reading interests range from cognitive science, evolutionary biology, to Taoism and Buddhism. A member of the adjunct faculty of Upper Iowa University, he teaches psychology at the Hong Kong Campus. Elbert studied at McGill University, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Auckland, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology. He is currently involved in designing teaching materials for students.

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