Poetry

Interrogation Room (2018) by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

In Interrogation Room, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs’s second collection, poems that restore redacted speech and traverse forbidden borders suture together divided bodies, geographies, and kinships to confront the unending Korean War’s legacies of forced distances and militarized silences. Kwon Dobbs powerfully entwines uneasy, tentative reconciliations among South Korea’s relatives in the North, her birth family in the South, and the transnational diaspora to which she belongs to resist the war’s deprivations of language and imagination.

NECRO CITIZENS by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

U.S. War Department training videos, public health, Cold War sexual politics, and the illegibility of Korean single mothers and their children inform this chapbook of poems available in English, German translation, and dual edition with slipcase from hochroth Verlag. Learn more about Necro Citizens at Fix Poetry. Books may be ordered directly from the publisher and shipped in Germany or internationally.
A research exchange with transnational artists Jane Jin Kaisen and Guston Sondin-Kung supported the writing of some of the poems. Samples appear in AGNI, Freshwater Review, HyphenIndiana Review, and MIRAMAR.

Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) edited by Cindy Milstein

We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. With contributions from Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, David Gilbert, and nineteen others. 

False Claims of Colonial Thieves (2018) by Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella

“A gentle whisper from the past Visits me in my dreams Or is it the future that I see…’ From well-known poets John Kinsella and Charmaine Papertalk-Green comes a tete-a-tete that is powerful, thought provoking, and challenges what we think we know about our country, colonisation, and how we understand our land. Striking conversations surrounding childhood, life, love, mining, death, respect, and diversity; imbued by silken Yamatji sensibility and sublimely responded to by the son of a foreman from South Champion Mine. This extraordinary publication weaves two differing points of view together as Papertalk-Green and Kinsella’s words traverse this land and reflect back to us all, our many identities and quiet voices.”