By Myung Mi Kim
Myung Mi Kim's Commons weighs at the such a lot delicate of scales the minute grains of lifestyle in either peace and struggle, registering as only a few works of literature have performed our universal burden of being topic to historical past. Abstracting colonization, struggle, immigration, affliction, and first-language loss until eventually in basic terms sparse words stay, Kim takes at the agony and displacement of these whose lives are embedded in history.
Kim's clean areas are loaded silences: openings wherein readers input the textual content and locate their approach. those silences show gaps in reminiscence and articulate stories that won't translate into language in any respect. Her phrases retrieve the earlier in a lot a similar method the human brain does: a picture sparks one other picture, a smell, the sound of bombs, or dialog. those silences and pauses supply the poems their structure.
Commons's fragmented lyric pushes the reader to question the development of the poem. identification surfaces, sinks again, then rises back. in this moving flooring, Kim creates that means via juxtaposed fragments. Her verse, with its stops and begins, its austere but wealthy photographs, bargains splinters of testimony and objection. It negotiates a consistently altering international, scavenging via scraps of expertise, areas round phrases, and remnants of emotion for a language that enfolds the enormity of what we can't convey.
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42 423 "peacekeeping troops" "tanks beneath the windows" The inside of sonleone else's dwelling visible - a table and some chairs. You start to count one, two, three, four ... until the explosion is near your neighborhood. You can guess the position of mortar by this counting and try to find a safe place. If the windows are gone, weak plastic is taped up but the strong wind comes and we stay awake. In this South Cholla Province where all vehicles had been confiscated, we resorted to walking, the method of travel of the Yi Dynasty.
In accordance with misfortune. River full of sweet water. Fouled. Our life is. Half died. Meteorite is a pebble wedged in a dog's pa\v.
Children are said to be terrified by the toads and unable to sleep. The main road connecting the region with La Paz is coated with a thick layer of dead toads and the stench is said to be unbearable. 42 423 "peacekeeping troops" "tanks beneath the windows" The inside of sonleone else's dwelling visible - a table and some chairs. You start to count one, two, three, four ... until the explosion is near your neighborhood. You can guess the position of mortar by this counting and try to find a safe place.