Night Radio

Night Radio

by Kim Young
     
 

Winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry this volume is set in L.A. and excavates the kidnapping and sexual assault of a young girl and the resulting trauma

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Winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry this volume is set in L.A. and excavates the kidnapping and sexual assault of a young girl and the resulting trauma

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“The sounds of Night Radio move between hard-won revelation and pulsing music; they spread across the dry outlands of LA, a world of ‘silt and turkey vultures’ where men in trucks hunt for girls, and where girls kiss their ‘practice-hopes,’ then run like ambulances toward a ‘slick gentleman lighting matches under a streetlight.’ Watchful, vulnerable, quick, and shrewd, the poems shove through a broken world: El Niño’s floods drag raccoons and possums; a boyfriend becomes a place ‘my legs get to wrap’; a cop, a father, cannot protect his daughter from abduction. All this, joined in radiant waves to the ‘little signal towers’ of the body. A brave and accomplished first book.”—David Gewanter, Georgetown University
 

"The poems are so moving, I feel as if I am suffering as much as any of the characters. This really is an excellent book of poetry. Her story is heartbreaking."
Apalachee Review

"Kim Young's Night Radio works much as its subject matter does: worming its way into your ear like an urban legend, it lodges somewhere behind your eyes and works itself out in pieces, at night, almost against your will. [Her] debut collection feels real, dark, and deep. In the face of horrible and irrational deeds, we are still open to communication, and the book reminds us of that in startling and lyric ways."
Pebble Lake Review

“Young forces the reader to question the reliability and necessity of memory: what we wish to remember, what we try to repress, and what we know we must not forget.”—Boxcar Poetry Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607812050
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
09/15/2012
Series:
Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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