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By Kim Kyung Ju, Jake Levine (Translator)
ISBN: 9781939568304
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Published: Black Ocean - April 1st, 2020

This four part poetry collection has had a rippling effect on me. Each time I think the imagery has settled into the dormant recesses of my mind, there it is again, reminding of the weight these poems carry. In an opening note on translation, Jake Levine writes that, although there is no perfectly accurate translation, the audience can "hear the original language." In Whale and Vapor, not only can we hear Kyung Ju's words, we feel them, see these dreams he paints. He is a master of redefinition, using hauntingly specific images over and over, mirroring how we constantly change and redefine understanding of the worldthrough repetition. However heavy - Death, Breath, Love, and the artist's place in nature - Kyung Ju's gentle touch and generous humor makes him not only important, but a joy to read.