Some Are Always Hungry

Some Are Always Hungry

by Jihyun Yun


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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, Some Are Always Hungry chronicles a family’s wartime survival, immigration, and heirloom trauma through the lens of food, or the lack thereof. Through the vehicle of recipe, butchery, and dinner table poems, the collection negotiates the myriad ways diasporic communities comfort and name themselves in other nations, as well as the ways cuisine is inextricably linked to occupation, transmission, and survival. Dwelling on the personal as much as the historical, Some Are Always Hungry traces the lineage of the speaker’s place in history and diaspora through mythmaking and cooking, which is to say, conjuring.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496222183
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Series: The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 600,682
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jihyun Yun is a Korean American poet from California who now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A Fulbright research grant recipient, she has received degrees from the University of California–Davis and New York University. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Adroit Journal, and other publications.

Table of Contents

All Female    
My Grandmother Thinks of Love while Steeping Tea    
Passage, 1951    
Bone Soup, 1951    
For Now, Nothing Burns    
Diptych of Girl in 1953    
Field Notes from My Grandparents    
I Revisit Myself in 1996    
War Soup    
The Daughter Transmorphic    
Yellow Fever    
Saga of the Nymph and the Woodcutter    
Fish Head Soup    
Recipe: 닭도리탕    
Diptych of Animal and Womb    
Mother Undresses    
Blood Type    
Husband Stitch    
The Tale of Janghwa and Hongryeon    
Menstruation Triptych    
Some Are Always Hungry    
Benediction as Disdained Cuisine    
The Leaving Season    
Grandmother, Praying    


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