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
Skirt Full of Black, Poems by Sun Yung Shin
Like the title of the debut collection of poems intimates, the book evokes a woman's perspective on the rich textures of language, tradition, culture, the manners of the diaspora, sensuality, myth, religion, birth, siblings and family, relational manners, identity, longing and belonging. It is a varied collection, stunning in the paradox of its economy of language against the meanings portrayed.