[ruins  library]

By Myung Mi Kim b. 1957
where the route of a ship bringing tax grain from the provinces is described
where perceived hindering—say, birds congregating on a runway
where the first request was for fertilizer and seeds
where the instruction—harness these to the benefit of your society
where the conscription continued
where boards of revenue
where basically, everyone had a plant job
where preventable diseases rampant
where the need is window screens and sewer covers
where for the good of the very few and the suffering of a great many

Myung Mi Kim, "’[ruins   library]’" from Penury. Copyright © 2009 by Myung Mi Kim.  Reprinted by permission of Omnidawn Publishing.

Source: Penury (Omnidawn Publishing, 2009)

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Poet Myung Mi Kim b. 1957

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Class

 Myung Mi Kim


Myung Mi Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. She immigrated with her family to the United States at the age of nine and was raised in the Midwest. She earned a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her collection of poems Under Flag (1991) won the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Award of Merit; subsequent collections include The Bounty (1996), DURA (1999), Commons . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Jobs & Working, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Class

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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