Unbearable Splendor

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Pub Date: 10/11/2016

Pages: 112

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Coffee House Press

Imprint: Coffee House Press

ISBN 13: 9781566894517

ISBN 10: 1566894514

Price: $16.00 / $20.99 CAN


Unbearable Splendor

By Sun Yung Shin

Price: $16.00



About the Book

Praise for Sun Yung Shin:

Finalist for the Believer Poetry Award

"[her] work reads like redactions, offering fragments to be explored, investigated and interrogated, making her reader equal partner in the creation of meaning."—Star Tribune

Sun Yung Shin moves ideas—of identity (Korean, American, adoptee, mother, Catholic, Buddhist) and interest (mythology, science fiction, Sophocles)— around like building blocks, forming and reforming new constructions of what it means to be at home.

What is a cyborg but a hybrid creature of excess? A thing that exceeds the sum of its parts. A thing that has extended its powers, enhanced, even superpowered.

About the Book

Who is guest, and who is host? Adoption, Antigone, zombies, clones, and minotaurs—all building blocks, forming and reforming our ideas.


Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry in 2008. She is the co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption and the author of bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children Cooper's Lesson. Sun Yung has received artist grants and fellowships from the Archibald Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Bladdock Nature Sanctuary, and the Loft Literary Center. She has taught writing at the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Catherine, the Loft Literary Center, Intermedia Arts, and elsewhere in the community. Her website can be found at www.sunyungshin.com.