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Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women
Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women | Ch'oe Sung-Ja, Kim Hyesoon, Yi Yon-Ju
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"Anxiety of Words" focuses on the work of three contemporary Korean women poets whose fierce poetic voices display a critical consciousness of women's lives under patriarchy, capitalism, and neocolonialism. Each poet is represented, in bilingual format, by approximately twenty poems and a biographical introduction. The volume also contains a detailed introduction to the Korean poetry scene by translator Don Mee Choi, with a focus on the historical and contemporary role of women poets in Korea.The poetry of Ch'oe Sung-ja, Kim Hyesoon, and Yi Yon-ju consistently violates the literary expectations of gentle and subservient "yoryu" (female) poetry through innovative language and depictions of Korean women's identities and struggles.Ch'oe employs a confessional device that opposes and resists her outside world--the patriarchy. Kim employs conversational schemes that involve dialogues between multiple selves within a woman to discover her own identity, and Yi, before her suicide, embraced the language of decay and death, while her stark and powerful language was created in relation to the lives of economically and socially marginalized women in Korean society.By challenging literary and gender expectations, Ch'oe, Kim, and Yi occupy a marginalized position in Korean society as women and poets. In the context of South Korea's highly patriarchal and structured society, their poetry is defiant and revolutionary.
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nelehelen
Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women | Ch'oe Sung-Ja, Kim Hyesoon, Yi Yon-Ju
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Lunchtime reading 📖 for #bookriot #2017readharderchallenge

I love that after I can read this with my mom. Korean is her first language and English is mine, so it's great that we can both enjoy this together. I do have to say that the English translation doesn't 100% capture the beauty and essence of its original Korean script. Still, very lovely, indeed. #poetry

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sprainedbrain
Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women | Ch'oe Sung-Ja, Kim Hyesoon, Yi Yon-Ju
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I'm making an effort to read more poetry, and I found this collection fascinating. Don Mee Choi has chosen selections from each of three female Korean poets. The subject matter is certainly not light, but is a window into experiences very different from mine. I enjoyed selections from all three poets, but was especially drawn to several poems by Kim Hyesoon - 'Memories of Giving Birth to a Daughter' is one that I read multiple times.

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RadicalReader @sprainedbrain who is your favorite poet? 6y
sprainedbrain @RadicalReader I really don't have one... I haven't read enough poetry to have that kind of opinion! 6y
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Anxiety of Words: Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women | Ch'oe Sung-Ja, Kim Hyesoon, Yi Yon-Ju
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Day 28 of #ReadJanuary

These two #BooksByAsianWriters are on my tbr for this year. 😃

vivastory Can Xue is my X for #litsyAtoZ. I'm glad to see you're joining in the infinite jest buddy read. 6y
sprainedbrain @vivastory She's my X too! Looking forward to finally reading Infinite Jest. 6y
vivastory @sprainedbrain Same here, I think spreading it out over a few months will allow us to really dive in & explore it 6y
Nutmegnc @BkClubCare think you might enjoy this? 6y
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