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BLOODLETTING

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Bloodletting explores legacies of war, division, and migration by weaving personal and public histories. Examining the geopolitics of Korea through memoir, lyric, and narrative, Joseph Han writes about the DMZ, family separation, and diaspora. Bloodletting contemplates the difficult ways in which we negotiate belonging and memory, displacement and forgetting, raising the question: how do you imagine a future and a path toward healing, and reunification, when a fragmented past reverberates wholly in the present?

Excerpts at:

Wildness

The Margins

Academy of American Poets

Connotation Press

The Feminist Wire

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Joseph Han

Joseph Han is a queer Korean writer born in Seoul, South Korea. He is the author of 'Uncrossable: Stories' (YesYes Books, forthcoming in March 2020), as well as a poetry collection, CUPPING (The Operating System, forthcoming 2020). His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in Joyland Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Little Fiction, wildness, and Entropy. A 2019 Pushcart nominee, he has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa. He tweets (@hanjoseph).

“Joseph Han is a brilliant new voice who maps the afterlives of the Korean War, intergenerational trauma, and his family’s migration to Hawaiʻi. Throughout, he sings of bloodletting and cupping, soju and shamans, pansori drums and silence, handprints and ghosts, reunification and home. These poems symbolically traverse the DMZ, as well as the borders of language, gender, sexuality, the body, and aesthetic forms. Follow this route, we are told. To heal, listen:”

Craig Santos Perez

“Joseph Han’s Bloodletting ruptures the illusions of modern Korean skin care, K-pop, mukbang as well as the country’s violent division, militarism, and masculinity. Han’s language is filled with the inherited anxieties of son, witness, and bearer. The language bleeds in both the past and the present, in operatic modes of pansori and the bruises left behind from cupping. Han reckons with faith and its colonial histories as confidant and confessor. These dualities are the forces that continually let Han’s poems reveal themselves as new bodies, ready to rupture again, wave after wave.”

E. J. Koh

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Bloodletting explores legacies of war, division, and migration by weaving personal and public histories. Examining the geopolitics of Korea through memoir, lyric, and narrative, Joseph Han writes about the DMZ, family separation, and diaspora. Bloodletting contemplates the difficult ways in which we negotiate belonging and memory, displacement and forgetting, raising the question: how do you imagine a future and a path toward healing, and reunification, when a fragmented past reverberates wholly in the present?

Excerpts at:

Wildness

The Margins

Academy of American Poets

Connotation Press

The Feminist Wire

 

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