In her first full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species
(Ecco Books, 2018), Emily Jungmin Yoon
examines forms of violence against women. At its core these poems delves into the lives of Korean comfort women of the 1930s and 40s, reflecting on not only the history of sexual slavery, but also considering its ongoing impact. Her poems beautifully lift the voices of these women, helping to make them heard and remembered — while also providing insight into current events, environmentalism, and her own personal experiences as a woman in the world.
During her interview, Emily Jungmin Yoon recommends Autobiography of Death
(New Directions Books, 2018), written by Kim Hyesoon
and translated by Don Mee Choi, and Hardly War
(Wave Books, 2016) by Choi
Andrea Blythe is a co-host of the New Books in Poetry podcast. She is the author of
Your Molten Heart / A Seed to Hatch (2018) a collection of erasure poems, and coauthor of
Every Girl Becomes the Wolf (Finishing Line Press, 2018), a collaborative chapbook written with Laura Madeline Wiseman. She serves as an associate editor for Zoetic Press and is a member of the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Learn more at: www.andreablythe.com.