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"A collection of love poems based on George Herriman's comic strip characters Ignatz Mouse and Krazy Kat."
"The poems in Barter, Monica Youn's exciting first collection, negotiate transactions between scarcity and excess, pornography and abstraction, the thing and the thing seen. Rendered with a dazzling array of structures and allusions, these poems describe―and become―a strange gallery of paintings and portraits. She offers a Polaroid left on a windshield, step-by-step instructions for "Drawing for Absolute Beginners," a stereoscope with a box of slides. Both an homage to and a warning against nonexistent things, Barter introduces a vibrant new voice and a new way of seeing." - Amazon description
“'Blackacre'” is a centuries-old legal fiction―a placeholder name for a hypothetical estate. Treacherously lush or alluringly bleak, these poems reframe their subjects as landscape, as legacy―a bereavement, an intimacy, a racial identity, a pubescence, a culpability, a diagnosis. With a surveyor’s keenest tools, Youn marks the boundaries of the given, what we have been allotted: acreage that has been ruthlessly fenced, previously tenanted, ploughed and harvested, enriched and depleted. In the title sequence, the poet gleans a second crop from the field of Milton’s great sonnet on his blindness: a lyric meditation on her barrenness, on her own desire―her own struggle―to conceive a child. What happens when the transformative imagination comes up against the limits of unalterable fact?"- Amazon description
"Youn is perhaps best known to the general public for her work in the courtroom. She earned a reputation as a formidable copyright attorney, representing high-profile clients like Beyoncé while at the same time working for nonprofits seeking low-cost legal assistance. "I was a writer at Princeton, very interested in the written text," Youn said in an interview with Anna Leader appearing in the Tab. "I did a degree in English at Oxford, and I thought that with that background, copyright law made sense. When I got out of law school and was looking for a way to practice, the only way to do that was in entertainment. I mostly focused on music law, but occasionally I worked with TV and film." Still, she remained committed to poetry. Her first collection, Barter (in which, declared Ellen Kaufman in Library Journal, "writes most convincingly about the middle regions of the United States, including her native Texas"), was published in 2003. It was followed by Ignatz, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and by Blackacre.
Source: "Monica Youn." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2016. Biography in Context. Accessed 2 June 2017.
MONICA YOUN REVIEWS AND CRITICISM
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New York Times Book Review
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Library Journal Books Reviews
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