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Glory Hole

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.

264 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 | © 2022

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"As a whole [these poems] showcase a singular creative mastery. With as little interference as possible, the translators facilitated a smooth transition from Korean to English, maintaining the richness of the original. The point and the goal of the pieces that make up Glory Hole is to invite the impenetrable and the subversive into the light."


"Glory Hole is a vibrantly colorful collection that transcribes (and translates) the strangeness of the world and the queer experience into words."

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Note
What Do Angels Do at Silent and Holy Night;
Lone Wood’s Retirement Party
Galaxy Express 999
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
Real Boy
Long-tailed Darlin
Big Animal
A Cathedral
Sirius Somewhere
Dear Old Miss Lonelyhearts* of “Dear Old Miss Lonelyhearts”
Old Baby Homo
What Do Angels Do on Silent and Holy Nights;
Tale of the Qishi Girl (????)
Ashes of Time
An Illustration of Time by the Merry Pranksters
Write the Novel, the Novel; Those Days
First of the Gang to Die
The Last Blotch
Regarding Cate Blanchett’s Dream
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
Susan Boreman’s Retirement Party
What Do Angels Do on Silent and Holy Nights;
Sad Vagina
A Mechanic of the Night
Montgomery Clift

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