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  • Cover of Lisa Robertson’s 3 Summers (Coach House Books, 2016). Design and illustration by Hadley+Maxwell.

    Lisa Robertson’s 3 Summers

    3 Summers, by Lisa Robertson, with artwork by Hadley+Maxwell. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2016. 120 pages.

    THE BOOK’S pink-and-yellow ombré cover—depicting that dazzling moment of the sky at sunrise or sunset—offsets a pair of white-framed spectacles with rose-colored lenses. The air here is so smooth and flat that the title can be scribbled onto it with a broad-tipped blue marker. In “Rose,” the final poem of Lisa Robertson’s newest collection, we learn that the speaker dons such glasses to an ambivalent outcome: “Yet after a full week of rosy vision, I remained surly and withdrawn as

  • View of “Korea Now!,” 2015–16. Photo: Luc Boegly.

    “Korea Now!”

    “Those women in Seoul were like the girls I grew up with. They just wanted a lipstick that could make them feel they might belong in a bigger town,” writes Andrew O’Hagan, in a recent profile of Karl Lagerfeld for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. O’Hagan followed Lagerfeld to South Korea’s capital last spring, for the presentation of Chanel’s 2016 resort collection. The designer, in the writer’s eyes, figures as a sort of fashion messiah, descending upon a land of aesthetic poverty. The Han River “was blue in all the wrong ways,” the sky “unsmiling,” and then there were the fanatical