A piercing debut number of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talent
In her arresting assortment, urgently proper for our occasions, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence opposed to ladies, focusing particularly on Korean so-called “comfort women,” ladies who have been compelled into sexual hard work in Japanese-occupied territories in the course of international battle II.
In wrenching language, A Cruelty designated to Our Species unforgettably describes the brutalities of conflict and the terror and sorrow of these whose lives and our bodies have been swept up by way of a colonizing energy, bringing robust voice to an oppressed crew of individuals whose histories have usually been erased and ignored. “What is a physique in a stolen country,” Yoon asks. “What is correct in war.”
Moving readers via time, area, and varied cultures, and bringing vibrant existence to the stories and confessions of the victims,Yoon takes ownership of a painful and shameful historical past even whereas unearthing moments of infrequent attractiveness in acts of resistance and resilience, and within the intuition to outlive and endure witness.
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