Seattle poet and translator Don Mee Choi tonight reads from her newly published translation of noted Korean poet Kim Hyesoon’s work, Autobiography of Death (New Directions) being the sixth book of hers that Don Mee Choi has translated.
“Questions of the agency and effects of death, in both individual and mass tragedies, are central to this extraordinary collective elegy from Kim…This is Choi’s sixth masterly translation of Kim, and it fully reveals the startling architecture Kim develops to display structural horrors, individual loss, and the links between them.” —Publishers Weekly
Don Mee Choi is a fine poet in her own right, Hardly War (Wave Books) being her most recent collection.
Also reading tonight is poet and translator Stefania Heim, down from Bellingham with a new book of her own poetry, Hour Book (Ahsahta Press), which received the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Later this year should see publication of her translation of Giorgio de Chirico’s poems from the Italian, Geometry of Shadows.