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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

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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