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Skirt Full of Black

By Sun Yung Shin
2007, 104 pages, Paperback.

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In Skirt Full of Black, Sun Yung Shin employs the techniques of investigative poetry and collage to craft a nuanced, unique language for navigating the politics of gender, ethnicity, and identity. As she spins new myths from Christian and Buddhist traditions and bestows new connotations upon the characters of the Korean alphabet, she gives voice to the spiritual and cultural hunger of those caught between two worlds.

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"This is a spirited and restless imagination at work: the book is a giant collage of ancient fragments and lyrics. Sometimes Shin spews forth a catalogue of associative statements, sometimes she breaks into song. A very intriguing first book; I hope that Shin will keep her vitality and amaze us for years to come."
-Marilyn Chin

"Shin's poetry is a grand orchestration of the cacophonic events and voices in an immigrant woman's life. Marked by a keen political consciousness, an imagination as wicked as it is generous, and an erotic, physical sense of language both remembered and forgotten, these poems are at once social critique and personal intimation, worth revisiting again and again."
-Jane Jeong Trenka

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Background on Sun Yung Shin

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Sun Yung Shin grew up in Chicago and now teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota. She is the author of the children's book Cooper's Lesson and an editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption.

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