maybe the current generation is more sensitive, empathetic, or generally informed. but when i was a korean girl growing up in the whitest, most wealthy part of a conservative state, girls would dismiss their “weird” sisters with the quip that “she’s the adopted one.” even though she clearly wasn’t, as if it were the worstContinue reading “review: ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW by nicole chung”
This review was originally published at Plougshares on 8.15.17 Odd and delightful, A Twenty Minute Silence Followed By Applause is an artful character study, entertaining portrait, and comprehensive investigation of a great modern myth. full review here
This review was originally published at Ploughshares on 7.14.17 Let’s romanticize purple. Let’s use it when something is so maudlin that it becomes gaudy, to describe a thing that contains copious amounts of weltschmerz. Let’s have this consensus: purple is not the way you (should) want your work to be described. But there are times forContinue reading “review: STOMACHS by luna miguel (tr. luis silva)”
This review was originally published at Ploughshares on 2/3/17 The trope with invoking the muses is that it is always a request. Whether it is pleading or demanding, pedantic or indignant, the epic tale is something owed. For her debut collection In Full Velvet, poet Jenny Johnson’s address begins with “Thank you,” and it isContinue reading “review: IN FULL VELVET by jenny johnson”
Grief, though, is neither defined by culture nor constrained by time.
The balance is a delicate one—how to speak about war, have a collection centered on war, that does not become repetitive?
She has made attempts, like the rat, to find her way back home, but the paths didn’t lead the way they promised.
In this fairy tale, Hoang is a “bad feminist” and her sister is the Sleeping Beauty.
Making a life was not as simple as abandoning her mother and watching it arrive.