The Sick World of Kim Hyesoon
The body is a sick place. Its reality is viscera. Kim Hyesoon’s poems are composed of these unsightly and unpleasant viscera. They squirm, blind and deaf like newborn puppies, then grow up and live in a dog-eat-dog world. This world is called Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream.
In Kim Hyesoon’s third collection of poems translated by Don Mee Choi, the South Korean poet examines the sick, grotesque body and its effects on a nation. Sickness begets sickness in Hyesoon’s poetry, but it is also a necessity. We need the disease in order to make the antidote…
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