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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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

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