Translating Mo'um

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Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Deft, edgy, dystopic, assiduous in their loathing of the famous fascination of the exotic, Cathy Park Hong's poems burst forth in searing flashes of ire and insight. She gives no quarter to either Korean or English. Without creative interference, without mistranslation, language to her is history's 'cracked' thorax, a resented 'dictation,' and a constant personal embarrassment. Her poems are 'islands without flags,' 'the ocean a slate gray/ along the wolf-hued sand.' TRANSLATING ...
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Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Deft, edgy, dystopic, assiduous in their loathing of the famous fascination of the exotic, Cathy Park Hong's poems burst forth in searing flashes of ire and insight. She gives no quarter to either Korean or English. Without creative interference, without mistranslation, language to her is history's 'cracked' thorax, a resented 'dictation,' and a constant personal embarrassment. Her poems are 'islands without flags,' 'the ocean a slate gray/ along the wolf-hued sand.' TRANSLATING MO'UM is striking both for its stabbingly original, vinegary images and its ruthless honesty: Hong being that rare thing, a poet as rigorous in her self-scrutiny as in her cultural confrontations"--Calvin Bedient.
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Publishers Weekly
In 27 rough, yet tightly focused lyrics and narratives, Cathy Park Hong is Translating Mo'um i.e., interpreting for mom, that bane of the first generation, yet also bringing her into her own work. A Korean-American from Los Angeles and Brooklyn now attending the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Hong effortlessly reduces stereotypes to phonetic rubble: "Korean characters, like stiff phonetic Legos, wait to join with one another while St. Jerome writes with his single eyelash quill in his painfully exact studio." Whether issuing an "Assiduous Rant" or exploring the multilingual possibilities of forms of "Androgenous Pronoun," Hong delivers "the hissing world, cold rain, and a tale that burned in its preamble." (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931236119
  • Publisher: Hanging Loose Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Zoo 13
Ontology of Chang and Eng, The Original Siamese Twins 15
Rite of Passage 17
Helix 19
Assiduous Rant 20
Translating Pagaji 21
Scale 23
Body Builder 24
Melanin 25
Assimilation of Sitting 26
The Shameful Show of Tono Maria 31
During Bath 35
All the Aphrodisiacs 37
Not Henry Miller but Mother 39
On Splitting 40
Movement 43
Translating Michin'yun 44
To Collage a Beginning 45
Hottentot Venus 53
Androgynous Pronoun 57
The Scavenging 58
CAT Scan 60
Wing 61
Ablution 65
The Gatherer 67
Translating Mo'um 68
Timetable 73
Notes 74
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