Notes from the North

Suji Kwock Kim


Notes from the North examines the experience of those living in, and emigrating from, the brutal dictatorship of North Korea.

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Winner of the 2019 Book & Pamphlet Competition Endorsed by Carol Rumens (the Guardian), the Poetry Society of America, The Well Review Poetry Prize, and Harold Bloom, among others. Suji Kwock Kim has already achieved international renown, is published major literary journals in UK, Ireland and USA, and has completed multiple writing residencies across the world. She is recipient of multiple poetry awards and is a Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust in May 2020. International interest: poems examine the experience of those living in, and emigrating from, the brutal dictatorship of North Korea

Notes from the North is horrific, powerful, and astute, full of passion and moral authority. Although weve heard about the brutal dictatorship of North Korea before, these poems surpass journalism and bring us the voices on the brink, with the compelling urgency of a diary of contemporary tyranny and the havoc it wreaks. This is a scorched family album, rescued from the ruins Amy Wack Felt music, acute with historys pain, and still the uplift towards redemption ripples over the sharp tercets which are like jagged stairs back / to that world without words, // where tongueless cells / first hunger, brood, divide. Brood! A perfectly timed elongation pushing against the final rupture. Ishion Hutchinson, The Well Review Poetry Prize 2019 Another marvellous achievement is its rough music, syllable by syllable, magically contribut[ing] to a euphony which would have been cacophonous in the hands of a lesser poet. And thats all before we absorb the subject matter an account of love whose subject is fragile and potentially vulnerable to horrific loss. Patrick Cotter, Gregory ODonoghue Award

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