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The Yellow House

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“The first time I heard Chiwan Choi read, I had no idea what to expect. By the time he was done a few minutes later, I was shaken, almost vibrating with the energy of his voice, his line. The poems in his latest, The Yellow House, show that this energy has only intensified over time. There’s a kind of low-key power to his writing that can be casually devastating—a naked, a ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published February 22nd 2017 by Civil Coping Mechanisms
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Kate Maruyama
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A devastatingly beautiful collection. Choi has a knack for finding those quiet spaces between emotions in life, those ineffable moments with our parents as we stand between their two lives-the before us and with us--, and those moments of loss, longing, and love which clash at high speeds and render us awestruck and helpless. Here they are, rendered concretely enough to touch, beautifully enough to move the reader. In a world of hyperbole, this book is a quiet moment of humanity.
Steven Hendrix
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible collection of poems that weave a story of loss, love, longing, and the lifelong search to find oneself. This should be at the top of everyone's reading list. Chiwan Choi has a rare gift and he's chosen to share it with us. ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haunting and haunted, Chiwan Choi's LA is a half-remembered hardboiled dream. The Yellow House isn't a book of poems so much as a device for becoming poetry while you read it. ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an immensely moving work. The rhythm in the clean lines and the sense of loving longing those lines evoke, the sense of displacement twinned with the sensation that the rest of the world is the one that is truly out of place, the elegance in the way it resonates like a gradually quietening bell that maintains its insistence as your ears train to continue to hear, everything. It's hard to know what to say about it because trying to describe it just doesn't seem to convey what it was like ...more
Amy Layton
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm getting to this review much later than I would like, but I'm saddened to say that this book ultimately wasn't incredibly memorable for me.  When reading this, I found that each word, each piece of punctuation appeared extremely purposeful, but I found it hard to really connect with it.  But then again, why must I connect with it to be able to regard it as something worth reading and valuing?  I think that this is a great book of poems...just for somebody who isn't me.  

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Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book of poetry is wonderful and deeply moving. The themes of home and longingness (especially within the Korean American context) are beautifully written, and this book stays with me wherever I go.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, poetry
"portrait of a family as lines that once existed" !!!!!!
really really exquisite book of poems
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
A nice collection of poems. Choi’s emotional depth goes deep. The beginning sections in particular for me were extremely powerful, and the end parts, too. I would read more of Choi’s work to come. A welcome book to read. Recommended.
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