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Conference examines Myung Mi Kim's "Dura"

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of Myung Mi Kim's Dura, her book length poem composed of discontinuous syntactic fragments, disoriented images, sound patterns, and serial writing forms arranged into sequences that attempt to translate the experiences of Korean immigrant women at the end of the 20th century.

Since then Kim has relocated from the west coast to Buffalo, where she is currently the director of the Poetics Program at the University of Buffalo, and Dura has come to be seen as a pivotal work in her language-centered "nomadic" poetics and radical praxis.

This afternoon a UB Poetics Program conference featuring a  reading by Kim will mark this anniversary and the reissue the Dura (which was originally published by Sun & Moon Press) by Nightboat Books.  The conference will held at the UB Poetry Collection, 420 Capen Hall on the university's North campus.

Here is a schedule of the event, which is free and open to the public:

2:00 - 2.45 p.m.--a panel of UB Poetics Program graduate students discuss the impact of Dura.

3 p.m.--Keynote presentation by Josephine Park, professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

3:30 p.m.-- Keynote presentation by Krzysztof Ziarek, professor of Comparative Literature at UB.

4 p.m.-- Roundtable discussion including Park and Ziarek.

4:30 p.m. -- Reading by Myung Mi Kim.

--R.D. Pohl



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