Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, inquiring into a poetics emerging from the adopted diasporic condition, guest-curates a portfolio of poems for The Line Break.
July 5, 2013
A broad black market The women are urnfields The children are binding out Dark in the trains, a burning mouth to eat a shovelful of black diamonds Leak blood, trickle milk, time weeps Going over the falls Washing to shore, done and undone Law-and-order, over the falls Body paint, black ink and brush, state and subject Eat silver and sugar Tobacco hair and a hospital all in gold leaf Baby Jesus in the alley, bright baby in a bullet Time branching everywhere like hair Custody this antebellum apprentice Rows of graves—keep spilling the liquor City of the dead, written from right to left The women stand image and likeness The women occur copy and heir The children, recorded, a homestead of lung and eye Museums of burials, the underground of giving birth to birth
Sun Yung Shin is the author of two collections of poetry, Rough, and Savage, and Skirt Full of Black, which was awarded the Asian American Literary Award in 2008, both from Coffee House Press. She is a co-editor of the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption and the author of Cooper’s Lesson, a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. She has received grants and fellowships and has published widely in literary journals and anthologies. Shin was born in Seoul and has lived in Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Minneapolis, where she currently lives and works. www.sunyungshin.com