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The Temperature of This Water

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Ishle Park's debut collection of poetry heralds the arrival of an exciting, vital new voice in poetry. In The Temperature of This Water, Park samples the climates of Rikers Island and Cheju Island, New York and Korea, to present an unflinching, meticulously detailed view of lives cracked open as much by love as they are by overwork, violence and racism. Sharp street wit and a sensual attention to detail give vivid, palpable form to the lovers and criminals, mothers and gangsters who live behind the closed doors ...
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Overview

Ishle Park's debut collection of poetry heralds the arrival of an exciting, vital new voice in poetry. In The Temperature of This Water, Park samples the climates of Rikers Island and Cheju Island, New York and Korea, to present an unflinching, meticulously detailed view of lives cracked open as much by love as they are by overwork, violence and racism. Sharp street wit and a sensual attention to detail give vivid, palpable form to the lovers and criminals, mothers and gangsters who live behind the closed doors of New York immigrant life. Within each poem lies a story; within each story lies a whole community waiting to be uncovered. Whether tracing the paths of prisoners meeting girlfriends or Korean comfort women or .44s shot from rooftops in Brooklyn, Park's passion and uncompromising honesty lay bare the ruined heart of a city still pulsing with light.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885030399
  • Publisher: Kaya/Muae
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 137
  • Sales rank: 1,199,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Turtles
1977 3
Anatomy of a fish store 5
Pine-wood uncle 12
What I did when my man got stabbed 13
Meat trucks 15
Uma's advice 16
Fort Totten 17
Uma haiku 22
Jejudo dreams 23
City 29
Samchun in the grocery store 31
Marine rules 33
Horses 35
Saewoomtuh flower shop 37
Rikers 38
Collector of pigeon feathers 41
Red 43
Sa-I-Gu 49
Sangmin 55
Maehyangri 56
Canasi 58
The temperature of this water 63
Portrait of a Bronx bedroom 64
Little / dangerous boys, dangerous men 66
House of sharing 71
Street that curves into itself 74
Because #12 75
Miracle 78
Zola Kai Mabel Hisae Chia Ti Cindy Feliz 81
Lions 83
Korean lullaby 89
Apa 92
Kunemo 94
Uma 97
A simple bridge 99
Pool and poetry 101
Uma in pieces 103
Queen Min Bi 107
Rosaries 109
Railroad 110
Culebra revisited 111
Steven outside the fish store 113
Ode to the picnic singers 114
New Year's eve 116
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