Glory Hole Book
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RELEASE DATE - 10 JUNE 2022
A ground-breaking new collection of queer poetry from a leading contemporary Korean poet. Kim Hyun's Glory Hole is the first Korean queer poetry collection.
Featuring gay teens, elders, cats, caterpillars, robots, and other unexpected characters, Kim's fifty-one eccentric poems trace themes of love, sexual desire, abandonment, destitution, and death.
In recounting the splendid yet tragic journeys of his speakers, Kim defies meaningful sense-making. His poems are a mishmash of dystopian sci-fi and pornography, storytelling and poetry, fictive references, and real figures.
They are not embellished with elegant imagery; in fact, they are antithetical to it, opting instead for incoherent tense, unidiomatic expressions, and never-ending puns.
After all, like LGBTQ+ people in many cultures, Korean queers live in this site of violence. Bewilderment, deliberately, is Kim Hyun's form.
Glory Hole invites readers into a very queer world.