EP24circle Notes from a Missing Person
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs


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In EP 24, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs uses mixed-genre/mixed-media writing to explore the politics/poetics of transnational adoption.
 
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 24
 
“I’m supposed to seduce you with an illuminated image so that you’ll chase after fragrance.

To say this is to show embarrassment. You want the certitude of beginning—my mother’s hands tracing long lines and descending a mountain.

Like this.

Language so certain no one translates our blood and flesh or the names we call one another— omma, appa, dongsang, unni, ajossi, ajumma, halmeoni, harabeoji—urging each other to eat well.

No one questions whether we have the right to love each other and to be together.

No one charges us money per hour to translate my jerry-rigged mouth.”
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
JENNIFER KWON DOBBS (이허수진) is the author of Paper Pavilion (recipient of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award) and Song of a Mirror, finalist for the Tupelo Snowbound Chapbook Award. She has received grants from the Daesan Foundation, Intermedia Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board for her writing. Currently, Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of English and Creative Writing, and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies, at St. Olaf College. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.



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