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[accumulation of land]

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accumulation of land              maintain household bear      labor of house child

cooking reserve line               belonging to                        elaborate isolation

familias implements               enemies captured in war      bearing child rearing

production heirs number         and rear household             family contains

counting herds possessions     fellow feeling crude             isolate care

family contains in germ          bearing rearing                   accumulation of land

implements of production       cooking reserve line of        the number belonging

counting possessions              heirs                                  the captured

isolated                                 household bear                  rear heirs

feeling crude                         belonging to                       fellow feeling crude

Myung Mi Kim, "’accumulation of land’" from Penury. Copyright © 2009 by Myung Mi Kim.  Reprinted by permission of Omnidawn Publishing.
Source: Penury (Omnidawn Publishing, 2009)
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  • 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 (2002), River Antes (2006), and Penury (2009).
    An avant-garde poet who often employs fragmentary language and uses the white space of the page, Myung Mi Kim explores issues of dislocation, colonization, immigration, loss of her first language, and the fallout of history in her work. Eric Weinstein, poetry editor for Prick of the Spindle, commented in a review: “Penury instantiates exactly that: a poetics of extreme and devastating lack, an inadequacy and insufficiency of...

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