Kim Hyesoon Interview

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Guernica has an extensive interview with South Korean poet Kim Hyesoon, who elaborates on life as a woman poet and the state of feminism in Korea. Hyesoon discusses the role of the grotesque, the human body, and exposure in her poetry.

“I also came to grotesque language in the patriarchal culture under the dictatorship. The body that was broken into pieces is a sick body. I put the disease of this world and my sick body together. The grotesque in my poems is the motion I use to put myself and the grotesque world together. So the miserable images I use in my poems are the same as the letters I send into the miserable world.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →