POETRY TALK: Kim Hyesoon & Don Mee Choi & Sool Park & Uljana Wolf

A Ghost of Collectivity

2023-06-12, 3:30 PM

Clubraum 7/5€ | Tickets


Kim Hyesoon (born 1955 in Uljin, Kyŏngsangbuk-do, South Korea) is one of the world’s most important poets, but remains comparatively under-read in Germany. Her books, often described as surreal, are books of the dead, too. With work at once comic, abysmal, and disturbing, Kim Hyesoon builds phantasmagorical, imagistic worlds – fever dreams, traversed by camels and other beings. These poems include mermaids who ponder their twin nature, stones that give birth to rocks which transform into dogs, and deities presiding over festering garbage dumps.

Kim Hyesoon will speak about her work with her translators, Don Mee Choi, Sool Park and Uljana Wolf, focusing on poems from her 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize-winning volume Autobiography of Death. Poems from this volume will be heard in three languages: Korean, English, and German.


The event will be interpreted German-English.

Project management: Matthias Kniep

Koreanisches Kulturzentrum. The 24th poesiefestival berlin is a project of Haus für Poesie in cooperation with Akademie der Künste and is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.