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Glory Hole

Translated by Shuhyun J. Ahn and Archana Madhavan
A ground-breaking new collection of queer poetry from a leading contemporary Korean poet.
 
Kim Hyun’s Glory Hole is the first Korean queer poetry collection. Featuring gay teens, elders, cats, caterpillars, robots, and other unexpected characters, Kim’s fifty-one eccentric poems trace themes of love, sexual desire, abandonment, destitution, and death. In recounting the splendid yet tragic journeys of his speakers, Kim defies meaningful sense-making. His poems are a mishmash of dystopian sci-fi and pornography, storytelling and poetry, fictive references, and real figures. They are not embellished with elegant imagery; in fact, they are antithetical to it, opting instead for incoherent tense, unidiomatic expressions, and never-ending puns. After all, like LGBTQ+ people in many cultures, Korean queers live in this site of violence. Bewilderment, deliberately, is Kim Hyun’s form. Glory Hole invites readers into a very queer world.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Translator’s Note
Inhumane
What Do Angels Do at Silent and Holy Night;
Lone Wood’s Retirement Party
Galaxy Express 999
Rewind
Queer; a Story That Is Always Told
A Meeting with the Writer
With the Dead Ones
Write the Novel, the Novel; “Please Find My Shoes. They’re Sandals, Blue Sandals” by Madame Novel Cabbage
Nine Years on Jupiter
Blow Job
A Tribute to a Replicant about Which Gary Mumbled
Greengrass Disappeared
A World History of Midwives
Cobweb Carpet
Eyes and Ears, Look for Vanished Words
Mr Withers of Withering Woods
When They Were High on Drugs
Nightswimming
Real Boy
Long-tailed Darlin
Big Animal
A Cathedral
Sirius Somewhere
Dear Old Miss Lonelyhearts* of “Dear Old Miss Lonelyhearts”
Old Baby Homo
Death
Dylan
What Do Angels Do on Silent and Holy Nights;
Tale of the Qishi Girl (????)
Ashes of Time
s
An Illustration of Time by the Merry Pranksters
Write the Novel, the Novel; Those Days
First of the Gang to Die
The Last Blotch
Polonaise
(cont.)
THE FUTURE
Regarding Cate Blanchett’s Dream
Border
The Last Person on Space Ferris Wheel No. 12
Write the Novel, the Novel; in the Final Days of the Novel, Blake With the Blue Gloves
The Tale of Cho
Mansion
Susan Boreman’s Retirement Party
What Do Angels Do on Silent and Holy Nights;
Sad Vagina
A Mechanic of the Night
Montgomery Clift
Earth

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