Today we are happy to share news of past contributor Rae Gouirand. Rae’s new collection of poems, Glass is Glass Water is Water, is upcoming from Spork Press. The collection is a queer book of love and skepticism–of figuration, and of the tensions queer women inherit in their relationships to one another and to the culture in which they make their way. In it Rae hopes to suggest something about what we might learn from moments of breakage and failures of resolution about our relationships to meaning itself.
Glass is Glass Water is Water is available for preorder through Spork Press here.
Two poems by Rae can be read in Issue 16 of Superstition Review.
Four Chambers is extremely excited to announce the English-speaking debut of internationally acclaimed South Korean poet Kim Kyung Ju with his best-selling collection, I am A Season that Does Not Exist in the World (with translator and poet Jake Levine).
Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:30 pm
Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004)
21+ | Free
“Both a blessing and a curse to Korean Literature,” Kim Kyung Ju is considered to be one of the strongest voices of his generation, and I am A Season that Does Not Exist in the World is his hallmark work. In haunting, anti-lyrical verse, Kim explores the transcendental homelessness borne from the apocalyptic narrative of impending ecological extinction while, at the same time, celebrating it’s banal, messianic ecstasies. I am A Season that Does Not Exist in the World perfectly capures the emotional sensibility of a generation born into an age where emotional sensibility was said to not eixst. While the futures of the past may already have failed, Kim carries them into the present and offers them redemption. When the seasons of the world become so unpredictable that the only predictable thing left is their increasing unpredictability, a season that does not exist in the world might be anyother way to say utopia. It might be another way to say hope.
Reading with Kim is poet and translator Jake Levine, who received his MFA from the University of Arizona, serves as Poetry Editor for Spork Press, and is currently completing his PhD in Comparative Literature at Seoul National University.
I am A Season that Does Not Exist in the World will be available as general volume from Black Ocean Press and a special, handbound edition from Spork Press.