Cold Candies (Paperback)
Lee Young-Ju's poems are brief kaleidoscopic scenes. She reminds me of that wonderful drug-addled pharmacist, Georg Trakl. Her poems, like his, map a lustrous dream space where things are bolder, and truer, than the things of this world.— From Jeff
Cold Candies encapsulate the saccharine strangeness of a woman's life. Fragments of narratives about girls, dolls, sisters, mothers, men, lizards, the moon, and pillows are brought together into otherworldly images that are devastating, yet familiar. Lee Young-ju is one of South Korea's most original minds, and this collection, curated and translated by National Endowment of Arts Fellow Jae Kim, features a selection from her extraordinary body of work. These prose poems are often self-portraits, and together, they are as much an account of her life as it is an attempt to understand it. Pulling out threads from her past, she examines its traumas and tragedies and unravels a haunting dreamscape of intimacy and kinship.