Jane Y. Kim
There is a certain catalyzing style
that comes of utter fearlessness, and the poet Bao Phi has cornered it with his
debut poetry collection, Sông I Sing.
For anyone who has admitted to being more likely to think than to act, Japanese master Natsume Soseki's novel And Then will resonate keenly, even harshly.
When a mother goes missing in frenetic Seoul Station -- her grown children trusting that public transportation will safely bring their elderly, countryside-dwelling parents to their doorstep, and her fast-walking husband having years ago forgotten to glance backward -- the remaining members of her family are left to cope with the tremendousness of sudden loss.