Black Ocean, paperback
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Publisher Marketing: First English-language collection from a leading poet in South Korea. Kim Haengsook is one South Korea's most eminent contemporary poets, but a complete collection of her poems has never appeared in English before now. This selection draws on her work across her career and five books in Korean. Haengsook's poetic spaces are shrouded in a magic fog that is clarifying instead of obscuring. Built out of a language that incorporates a strategy of what she calls "precise ambiguity," her work radiates outward like great waves whose philosophical rhythm you can't help but get caught in.