A piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talentIn her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular on Korean so-called “comfort women,” women who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II.In wrenching language, A Cruelty Special to ...
Details A Cruelty Special to Our Species
|Title||A Cruelty Special to Our Species|
|Author||Emily Jungmin Yoon|
|Release Date||Sep 18th, 2018|
Reviews A Cruelty Special to Our Species
- It's been years since I was consistently reading poetry, but I am trying to get back into it. I was a little bit hesitant about accepting A Cruelty Special to Our Species for review, but I am so glad that I did. Emily Jungmin Yoon's collection is heartbreaking and thought-provoking. She pours her heart into these poems, and I loved the honesty. A lot of these poems cover Korean history, and many of them are about "comfort women", who were traffic...
- An arresting and moving collection about Korean "comfort women" during WWII that is so well-thought-out and put together, in terms of taking hold of a narrative that hasn't been widely shared (and the importance of that, given the surviving comfort women are in their 90s). And beautifully written, of course.
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- A compelling and powerful collection that centers around the personal history Comfort Women and the continuing impact over generations. But the story is not that simple. These poems show echoes of that impact in the way a young women navigates through the world. These poems show how cheap, trivial, and disgusting a behavior can been when set against the images of this history.Beyond the subject matter and it’s impact, my feelings about the poet...