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A Cruelty Special to Our Species: Poems

A piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence from a sensational new talentIn her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular onKoreanso-called comfort women, women who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II.In wrenching language, A Cruelty Special to Our Species unforgettably describes the brutalities of war and the fear and sorrow of those whose lives and bodies were swept up by a colonizing power, bringing powerful voice to an oppressed group of people whose histories have often been erased and overlooked. What is a body in a stolen country, Yoon asks. What is right in war.Moving readers through time, space, and different cultures, and bringing vivid life to the testimonies and confessions of the victims,Yoon takes possession of a painful and shameful history even while unearthing moments of rare b...

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ISBN : 9780062843692
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 80 pages
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A Cruelty Special to Our Species: Poems Reviews

  • Esther

    This was good, but I'm not going to tell every poetry lover in my life to run out and buy it. I love poetry that fuses the personal and the historical, but this focused so much on the historical that it was easy to lose Yoon's voice and experience. "Bell Theory," which is entirely about Yoon's personal experience, was the standout poem for me - if nothing else, I'd absolutely recommend poetry lovers to flip through a copy and read this poem.

  • Thistle

    Beyond 5 starts, this is either the best or 2nd best poetry book of 2018. Amazing writing. Time to spread the word on this book and Ms. Yoon!

  • Jeffrey Parker

    A compelling and powerful collection that centers around the personal history Comfort Women and the continuing impact over generations. But the story is not that simple. These poems show echoes of that impact in the way a young women navigates through the world. These poems show how cheap, trivial, and disgusting a behavior can been when set against the images of this history.

    Beyond the subject matter and it’s impact, my feelings about the poetry itself are more complicated but largely positive.

  • Danielle

    Collection of poems showing the mental and physical anguish of comfort women, how it feels like to be a “foreigner”, and the sheer power of the Korean language in its multiple forms/definitions.

  • Peycho Kanev


    I wanted to carve it out of me—

    become a fjord flanked

    by historic cliffs. How else

    could I write the years

    I did not live. I wanted the space

    for fear emptied, teem with lives

    like the black-and-white photos

    of Max Desfor’s.

    I don’t know what I expected to feel

    in front of his Korean War photograph.

    The image that won him the Pulitzer

    held refugees crawling a wrecked bridge,

    but this wasn’t it—

    it was a pair of hands,

    blackened fingers sprouting out of snow

    with a hole above them.

    Desfor says, in a screen

  • Kristine

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  • Samantha

    An arresting and moving collection about Korean "comfort women" during WWII that is so well-thought-out and put together, in terms of taking hold of a narrative that hasn't been widely shared (and the importance of that, given the surviving comfort women are in their 90s). And beautifully written, of course.

  • GHP

    Pure. Fire. Read it.