Hong Choi, Ph.D.
Order No. 1027
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback
108 pages, 2004
20% off: $11.16
Fragrance of Poetry contains seventy-five poems by
fifteen Korean-American poets. These poets are all first-generation
immigrants from Korea whose primary language is Korean. Naturally,
the poems in this book show the Korean immigrants' solitude,
nostalgia, pathos, anger, laughter, and love. They are cross-cultural
communications from Korea to America, with the themes of longing
and displacement in the two cultures.
This book aims to serve as a rainbow bridging the Koreans
to the Americans, the first-generation Koreans to the second
and the third-generation Koreans, and the Koreans in Korea
to the Koreans in America. The poems in the book can be pearls
in the mud or fragrant flowers in the wilderness. Fragrance
of Poetry, the heart of Korean-American literature, is a metaphor
that maps the terrain of humanity.
Dr. Yearn Hong Choi has published four poetry
books in both English and Korean. His poems have appeared
in Poetry USA, PEN International, dIS*orient, Mildred, Wyoming,
Washington Post, World & I, among others, and have been
translated into Portuguese and published in Brazil. He edited
Mother and Dove, Korean-American Poetry Anthology (Institute
for Korean-American Culture, 1997) and Surfacing Sadness:
A Centennial of Korean-American Literature (Homa & Sekey
Books, 2003) with Haeng Ja Kim.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
Poetry that crosses cultures. The words of these 15 Korean
open cracks in the walls that surround us.
That is no mean achievement.
-- Washington Times
First-generation Korean immigrants sing solitude, nostalgia
-- The Korean Times