Suji Kwock Kim

(1969 / Korean American)

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Suji Kwock Kim (born 1969) is a Korean American poet-playwright.
She graduated from Yale College; the Iowa Writers' Workshop; Seoul National University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar; and Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow.
Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, SLATE, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris ... more »

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The Couple Next Door

Tend their yard every weekend,
when they paint or straighten
the purple fencepickets canting
each other at the edge of their lot,
hammering them down into soil
to stand. How long will they stay
put? My neighbors mend their gate,
hinges rusted to blood-colored dust,
then weave gold party-lights with
orange lobster-nets & blue buoys
along the planks. So much to see
& not see again, each chore undone
before they know it. I love how
faithfully they work their garden
all year, scumbling dried eelgrass
in fall, raking away mulch in spring.
Today the ...

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