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Whale and Vapor (Paperback)

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By Kim Kyung Ju, Jake Levine (Translator)
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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.

-Atticus

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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.

-Atticus

— From Atticus

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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translated by Jake Levine. The poems in WHALE AND VAPOR emphasize exhaustion--physically, mentally, and as an existential condition. Kim Kyung Ju playfully turns toward the lyric in this work as a way to reconcile himself with the contemporary world by engaging in dialogue with his Korean literary ancestry. Masterfully translated by Jake Levine in close conversation with the author, this collection by one of the most popular and critically acclaimed poets to come out in South Korea in the new millennium explores the cold tunnels of today's tired, dark times.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781939568304
ISBN-10: 1939568307
Publisher: Black Ocean
Publication Date: April 1st, 2020
Pages: 99
Language: English