Sugar House Review Press Releases Book By David Lee, Utah's First Poet Laureate

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The capbook titled, The Allegory of Perfection: A Triptych., includes three narrative poems thoughtfully illustrated by Whitney Staheli.

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WHAT: Release of David Lee’s short poetry collection The Allegory of Perfection: A Triptych
WHEN: Immediately
COST: $10, plus s+h

Sugar House Review Press is pleased to announce the publication and release of inaugural Utah Poet Laureate David Lee’s new book, The Allegory of Perfection: A Triptych. The book, a chapbook (a short collection), includes three narrative poems thoughtfully illustrated by Whitney Staheli.

This release, made possible through the generous support of the Cedar City Arts Council and Artisans Art Gallery, marks Sugar House Review Press’s first non-serial collection of poetry. A live reading and book launch for the poet will be announced at a later date following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee’s poems in Allegory find their roots in Plato's "Allegory of the Cave." It is a timely and comic tale of a small Texas county's most colorful residents, including the ever-unpopular-legend-in-his-own-mind Larry Joe Williams. The poet notes that, “readers should not necessarily see Donald Trump in the persona of Larry Joe, but if that occurs it follows as a natural sequence in the method of allegory.”

David Lee is an American poet whose 1999 collection News From Down to the Café was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and, in 2001, was a finalist for the United States Poet Laureate position. He has been acclaimed by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities as one of the 12 greatest writers to ever emerge from the state. A former farmer, he is the subject of the PBS documentary The Pig Poet. His poems have appeared widely in publications including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and many other magazines. Lee is the recipient of the Utah Governor’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award in Poetry, and the Western States Book Award in Poetry. His book So Quietly the Earth was among the 25 books chosen for the New York Public Library's 2004 "Books to Remember" list.

Whitney Staheli is an artist and illustrator based in southern Utah. She received her bachelors in psychology from Southern Utah University in 2012, graduating summa cum laude with minors in studio arts and family services. She works at the Southern Utah Museum of Art as the manager of finance and administration.

The Cedar City (Utah) Arts Council fosters a thriving arts community in Iron County through advocacy, appreciation, education, and support.

Established in 2009, Artisans Art Gallery displays and sells local art and handcrafted items from over 5o local and regional artists. Artisans is located in the quaint downtown district of Cedar City and just one block east of Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Sugar House Review Press, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, promotes an eclectic range of poets through publishing and live events to build nationally connected literary communities and foster the literary arts in Utah. The press’s poetry magazine, Sugar House Review, celebrated 10 continuous years of publication in 2019 with a full-format, illustrated edition of the magazine available here.

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