A Cruelty Special to Our Species: Poems

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Price
$25.99
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publish Date
Pages
80
Dimensions
6.1 X 0.5 X 9.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062843685
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About the Author

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes, the 2017 winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize by Tupelo Press. Yoon was born in Busan in the Republic of Korea and received her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and MFA in creative writing at New York University. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, AWP's WC&C Scholarship Competition, and the Poetry Foundation, among others. Her poems and translations have appeared in publications including the New Yorker, POETRY, the New York Times Magazine, and Korean Literature Now. She currently serves as the poetry editor for the Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and is a PhD student studying Korean literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

Reviews

"With searing witness and quietly prodigious song here is a volume that speaks sharp truths to those who would wish the forgetting of one of the darkest hours of humanity. A lovely, moving, and ultimately devastating book."--Chang-rae Lee
"Emily Jungmin Yoon finds language to convey its horror and violence--painfully and unsparingly, but somehow also with a delicacy, precision, and attention that does not impose the true (literal) brutality on the reader, which makes these poems all the more shocking and unforgettable."--Amy Tan
"Emily Jungmin Yoon's...un-erring lyrical sense, evident in all her poems, including these meditations on slavery and rape, allow her to transcend the limits of language itself. From her refusal of dismissive epiphany to the profound linguistic insights that underscore these rare searching poems, beauty occurs."--Carol Muske-Dukes
"[A] deeply reverent debut collection. . . [Yoon] writes these poems in her second language, an English in which she takes mindful, absorbing residence while her 'native tongue is a code' that orchestrates with brimming precision what can be imagined, mourned, remembered, invented and haunted."--Eleanor Chai
"The poems...are miracles of clarity and precision that are all the more miraculous because their strength, piercing lyricism, and transparent humanity never quaver or falter or step back for a second."--Vijay Seshadri
"A heart-wrenching debut...Yoon's work is compelling in part because it shows the importance of understanding history and its enduring impact."--Washington Post