Kim Young (Author)
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Winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry PrizeSet against the sprawling backdrop of Los Angeles, Night Radio excavates the kidnapping and sexual assault of a young girl and the resulting layers of trauma exacted upon her and her family. Working within the paradox of the insufficiency of language and the necessity of expression, these poems elevate overwhelming experiences into near-mythic narrative. Night Radio's attempt through art to "make sense" of a seemingly senseless world raises troubling and timeless questions about the value, necessity, and futility of the aesthetic act. At the heart of the book is a journey toward reconciliation--wherein one discovers an abiding though hard-won faith within a complex, overwhelming, and, at times, frightening universe. Finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
University of Utah Press
September 15, 2012
5.9 X 8.3 X 0.2 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Kim Young teaches creative writing and composition at Moorpark College and edits Chaparral, an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, Pebble Lake Review, and other journals. She holds an MA from California State University Northridge and an MFA from Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.