Suji Kwock Kim

(1969 / Korean American)

Biography of Suji Kwock Kim

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 Review and on National Public Radio, reprinted in 24 anthologies, and translated into Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, and Bengali.

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Rice-Field Road at Dusk

After Ko Un

In the village it's the season of dried grass,
the smell of   burned dirt,
gaslight glinting through blackened stubble.
I walk home across the rice-fields,
brushing insects away from my face,
remembering old Namdong who was buried yesterday.
What does death ask of us?

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