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The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  82 reviews
From acclaimed and beloved poet Franny Choi comes a poetry collection for the ends of worlds--past, present, and future. Choi's third book features poems about historical and impending apocalypses, alongside musings on our responsibilities to each other and visions for our collective survival.

Many have called the last years dystopic. But The World Keeps Ending, and the Wor
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Kindle Edition, 142 pages
Published November 1st 2022 by Ecco
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Debbie
Sep 28, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection both based on the poems individually as well as a whole. Choi grapples with challenging topics throughout, and does so incredibly masterfully. Not a single poem felt contrived or derivative, and every line was fresh, visceral and unique.

Her approach to rhythm, flow and content is utterly captivating and wildly brilliant. I’ve never read a poetry collection quite like this, but I’m excited to try more of her work.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGall
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Lauren
Nov 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
• THE WORLD Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On by Franny Choi
gift copy from the publisher @eccobooks - thank you!
Grateful for my introduction to Choi's insights + lyric, will be seeking more of their work!

Themes: pandemic, apocalypse, Korean history, speculative futures.
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charlotte,
It would be fair to say that Franny Choi is one of my favourite poets right now. There’s just something about her work that has that quality of forcing you to stop for a moment after each line just to absorb it. That has been the case for me in both her previous collections and definitely in this one too. I’m not sure there was a poem in here that I didn’t like, that’s how good it was. Definitely one I’ll be coming back to over and over.
Mallory
May 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
reading this collection left me with that lump in my throat that won't go away. it's visceral and quick and painful, and genuinely i adored every poem. covering themes of war, protest, identity, and race, this collection is as sharp as it is tender, and it's one that i feel like i could read a hundred times and still find something new. ...more
MacKenzie
Nov 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-the-stars
If I had dog-eared the poems that cracked me open, I would have folded every page. Lyrical, moving, and gut-punching.

“Before the apocalypse, there was the apocalypse of the boats: boats of prisoners, boats cracking under sky-iron, boats making corpses bloom like algae on the shore. Before the apocalypse, there was the apocalypse of the bombed mosque. There was the apocalypse of the taxi driver warped by flame. There was the apocalypse of the leaving, and the having left- of my mother unsticking
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Tram Bui
This was a powerhouse of a poetry collection. Franny Choi does not steer away from challenging topics. In this short collection, she explores our dystopian world through themes of alienation, globalization, and grieving through a wide range of subject matter, such as the Covid pandemic, generational pain, the bombing of Hiroshima, the experiences of Korean comfort women, and the Black's Lives Matter movement.

I'm still not quite sure if I'm interested in engaging in creative works on the pandemi
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Sonja
Nov 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great poetry by Franny Choi. I had the pleasure of hearing this book narrated on audio. Beautiful, powerful, thought-provoking, political. Apocalypse. We think the world is going to end (didn't we say this years ago, centuries ago?) but it keeps going. Thank you for this book, Franny Choi. ...more
Sacha
Aug 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

As a longtime and avid fan of Franny Choi's, I was thrilled to learn that the world would be graced with a whole new collection soon, especially since several of these poems have been cropping up independently in some of the usual spots for the past few years. My expectations were high; they were exceeded.

The poems are exceptional individually, and the shaping of this collection highlights their distinct worth. Choi has never shied away from challenging topics and has frequently demonst
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rather_b_reading
Thank you to the publisher Ecco and NetGalley for this advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.


I have never read anything by Franny Choi before, but I am interested in reading Choi's other works. I rated this book a 3 as the poems were very hit and miss. I feel like the theme may have been too broad.


I personally had trouble with the COVID poems as it still feels too soon, but I don't fault Choi for that. What I did have an issue with was that some of the poems are based on real w
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Nuha
Jul 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Ecco and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Copy.

Available Nov 1st.

I had the incredible honor of hearing Franny Choi read a few of these poems last week as part of the Juniper Writing Insititute at UMass Amherst. The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is poetry for our dystopian present, a little sexy, a lot sad, and a moderate amount of hope in community and each other. Choi has this incredible ability to capture exactly what lies at the heart of some very complex issues, s
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Hannah Gordon
Nov 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We knew the end was coming here. We knew it, and yet like idiots—like perfect idiots—we stayed.”

“For years, you’ve kept one eye on the shadows swilling above the door, waiting for the arrival of the God of Doom. What to do now that he’s here, sipping coffee in our kitchen?”

These poems recount all the little & big ways our world has ended, is ending, and will end still. Achingly honest, unflinchingly raw, somehow hopeful despite it all.
L
Dec 04, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this. Some of these words touched me deeply and have stuck themselves in my mind, but most are forgettable and even slightly offensive. Her selective feminism soured me; I thought we were all one team.

Of note is "Field Trip to the Museum of Human History " and "Look," which are simply and utterly breathtaking.
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Jules KG
Sep 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Least depressing nihilistic work I've read. Incredibly evocative, especially the pieces with clearer contemporary focus. Will definitely be reading more of Choi's work. Highly recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
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Declan
Nov 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
As a collection, this book is so so stunning! As individual poems, I feel spoken too and challenged. As individual lines, I’d like to cut them out and put them under my pillow to think about layer and as I fall asleep. Another fantastic collection, for sure.
lady moon
3.5/3.75*

I didn't like it as much as Floating, Brilliant, Gone, I think. It was still good! I still enjoyed it! But I prefered Floating, Brilliant, Gone.

But I need to reread it some time, preferably not as an audiobook, because I feel like I missed something.
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Rosie
Dec 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry as an audiobook is always a treat.

The voice was too similar to nightvale tho it was throwing me off cause it made all the very important points surrealist. That is my own issue as was getting distracted at certain points.

It was largely very beautiful but it didn't grip me.
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Arvilla
Difficult subject matter but handled in beautiful ways, which kept thought provoking rather merely depressing. Choi's word choice and turn of phrases were captivating. I'm not sure if I'll read this collection again but I'll keep an eye out for Choi's work in the future. ...more
aly ☆彡
My weakness has always been modern poetry.

While it rather mind blowing with the pieces, I am still not a big fan of the way it was written
Nuha
Aug 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Ecco and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Copy.

Available Nov 1st.

I had the incredible honor of hearing Franny Choi read a few of these poems last week as part of the Juniper Writing Insititute at UMass Amherst. The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is poetry for our dystopian present, a little sexy, a lot sad, and a moderate amount of hope in community and each other. Choi has this incredible ability to capture exactly what lies at the heart of some very complex issues, s
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Monica
Nov 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If the title sounds familiar, that’s because the titular poem of those collection was published in Poetry Magazine December 2019 issue. That said, I was not familiar with Franny Choi’s poetry before picking up this book. I chose it based on the title alone because I think that the idea of constantly feeling like the world is ending but then carrying on is something we can all relate to. It felt like words I’d spoken myself. My kiddo likes to ask me how it feels to live through big life changing ...more
Calyssa
Jul 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody is doing it quite like Franny Choi, and this latest poetry collection proves it.

The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is an absolutely brilliant, startling collection that cuts deep past the marrow to the soul, or at least a section of consciousness, asking what do you want from this world? And what does the world want from YOU?

Highly recommend for anyone grappling right now. This is like a salve for wounds society and technology gave you.

Choi takes themes of alienation, globaliza
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Richard Magahiz
Sep 22, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have admired this author's work for years now after having read for the SFPA's Elgin awards, where her collection Soft Science won the Elgin award in 2020 in the full length category, and her chapbook Death by Sex Machine was nominated for the 2019 award. That award is given for speculative poetry books but this collection is more on the mainstream side. This new book is a product of the time of pandemic but it also mines through history going back decades.

The things I like in her work are th
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Shannon
Dec 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
"By the time the apocalypse began, the world had already ended. It ended every day for a century or two. It ended, and another ending world spun in its place."

"I want the clarity of catastrophe but not the catastrophe. Like everyone else, I want a storm I can dance in. I want an excuse to change my life."


A very strong collection of poems that effectively portray what it feels like to live in a world that seems to be ending every day, where disaster is so common and continual that it becomes the
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M
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each of these poems feels as if it were a burst of sound from deep in the throat--a kind of singing that is at once gorgeous and deeply felt, and I absolutely recognize that is a cliche thing to say about a collection of poetry, but I also mean it too: these poems are strong, solid pieces that mirror a point in time in our history, the now of our lives, and the specific life of the poet, that I cannot help but think how valuable and important this collection is, and I look forward to seeing whic ...more
Hilary
Sep 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
[thank you Ecco Books for a gifted copy, out in November]

I read poetry like I chase feelings, eye them wearily because they shine an eerie copy of myself back at me like clouded-over mirrors. It is me, but not me. This grief is mine, but it is not mine. I live in a world like this, but it is only one among an infinite of worlds that have ended and continued on.

The world keeps ending, and the world (somehow) goes on. Franny Choi reminds us that even prior to this one, there have always been apoca
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Shannon
My first Franny Choi collection (about time), and the primer titular poem is explosively good. Choi writes the poems that we desperately need to read, as they shed light on untouched parts of national and world histories. My favorite poem (of many) includes "September 2001," in which the speaker is too young to comprehend the global impact of the 9/11 attack, but is grounded in the more immediate but just as monumental (to a juvenile) event of a first kiss. Choi's strongest poems in this collect ...more
Lilian Li
"𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒑𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒍𝒚𝒑𝒔𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘—“

Thank you so much to @eccobooks for reaching out and providing me this arc; it was such a breath of fresh, new air. All thoughts are my own. The book is coming out Nov 1! ✨

“𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒆𝒍𝒔𝒆, 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒎 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒊𝒏. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒂𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒎𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆.”

These topics are not for the faint-hearted. Choi mentions current events and doesn’t shy away from words that squirm and fester.

One of my favorites is “Poem in Place of
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Thomas Jackson
Jul 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With exacting skill, Franny Choi finds infinite ways to vary on the theme of apocalypse. Any other poet, particularly those just starting to write, should study this work as an achievement in poetry and writing at-large. It's a testament to Franny's writing prowess that a work centered on doomsday, in its various manifestations, is not doom and gloom. That's not to say it is a glowing, veneer-laden take on its subject matter. A modernized Sturm und Drang would be the most appropriate characteriz ...more
Sam  Hughes
Aug 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I need to thank Ecco Publishing and Franny Choi for sending me a lovely Advanced Reader's Copy of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On which is a set of poems that stands to depict the horrors of an ever-changing world with PTSD and trauma from events like war, death, and large-scale public health crises.

Ultimately the only world I can find that summarizes the nature of these works is "Profound." Oh to be a 20-something in the 2020s and the time leading up to the COVID-19
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David Jordan
Oct 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Franny Choi's new collection of poetry, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, reminds me of the specific genre of poetry and literature created during the lockdown portion of the COVID pandemic. Describing the feeling of isolation and disconnection that seemed to be prevalent during that period, Choi's poems evoke the dread and horror of the dystopian future we had once only imagined and of which we now seemed to find ourselves firmly in the midst. I was even reminded of a bygone era (j ...more
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Franny Choi is a poet, performer, editor, and playwright. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the Poetry Foundation's podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her ...more

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