Unbearable Splendor (Paperback)
This is a gorgeous and highly-lauded collection of poems and lyric essays by Sun Yung Shin, recently put out by Coffeehouse Press. Her writing is as richly allusive as Ulysses, and tracing her influences and references would provide you with a pretty excellent reading list.
-- Delaney— From Delaney A. Staff Picks
Praise for Sun Yung Shin:
Finalist for the Believer Poetry Award
" her] work reads like redactions, offering fragments to be explored, investigated and interrogated, making her reader equal partner in the creation of meaning."--Star Tribune
Sun Yung Shin moves ideas--of identity (Korean, American, adoptee, mother, Catholic, Buddhist) and interest (mythology, science fiction, Sophocles)-- around like building blocks, forming and reforming new constructions of what it means to be at home.
What is a cyborg but a hybrid creature of excess? A thing that exceeds the sum of its parts. A thing that has extended its powers, enhanced, even superpowered.
About the Author
Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black, which won an Asian American Literary Award. She co-edited the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and is the author of Cooper's Lesson, a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. She's received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis.