Summaries and reviews of fiction and nonfiction books by Korean American authors,
books about Korean Americans and Korea, and Korean literature in English translation,
including some academic works and a sampling on the Korean War
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Barter, by Monica Youn
A debut collection of poems that are both lyrical and at the same time disturbing, the sounds rhythmic and sensory, the images brief, fleeting, evocative and immediate. Her voice is almost staccato at times, the words sometimes sounding too careful, but what lies beneath seems to touch an urgency and grasp at emotions too difficult to name.