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Conceived as one poem, Myung Mi Kim's Dura is a whirling experimental symphony of images, forms and rhythms assembled and juxtaposed to translate the experience and gestures of the Korean immigrant woman surviving in America at the end of the twentieth century. Its language negotiates a past -- "How was it to be the first arrivals in rows and columns" -- as well as a prese...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Sun and Moon Press (first published 1998)
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Gabriel Oak
Ellliptical, opaque, working through juxtaposition, linguistic play, and minimalism. Kim's poems are not for the faint of heart (or the faint of concentration). Dura demands that readers orient themselves differently not only to the page, to the poetic speaker, and to the sentence (irremediably broken in this collection). Resonates with other "experimental" Asian American poetry (Bersenbrugge, Hak Kyung Cha, Yau), as well as with other experimental American poets (Howe, Hejinian, J. Michael Mart...more
Good stuff.

The interest is a lot postcolonial - how do you selve in a language 'not-yours'? etc.

And the method reminds us of the Language poets.

So for me it was something like seeing Language writing as perhaps an intrinsically postcolonial project.

Very few words on the page, challenging stuff. As in, no matter how few words, it will still bend your mind around a little.

What is she saying?

What is saying?

An interesting relationship to the physicality of lineation, since we don't ever really get '...more
Oct 17, 2007 Stephen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This poetry collection is a challenge, but I like it still. It has a playfulness with language that seductively carries the reader along, often so fragmented that certain word groupings can appear meaningless. However, over the course of the text, the political undertones of the collection cannot be ignored. This work is about the brutal force of capital and its attendant collateral damage over an amazing sweep of time, not simply limited to the conflation of the author (Myung Mi Kim) with her p...more
Dustin Kurtz
An incredible piece of work, one that should be mandatory for all translators, certainly. A stunning and able re-imagining of the politics of the English language.
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