Kimiko Hahn

From the Toying Sequence

Like The-Etch-A-Sketch, I am a simplified version of a plotter … Like this award-winning toy, my “black” areas will allow enough light to expose part of the interior … But I would like, on occasion, to draw the shades, lie down, and not exactly die but let go of the interior for an afternoon then recoat the inside and say loudly, “Yes, you hurt me. You still hurt me.” Unlike the others, I am beyond L'Ecran Magique and Wunderblock. Unlike the others, forgiveness is not an option.

Kimiko Hahn, author of nine books, finds that disparate sources have given way to her work—whether black lung disease in Volatile, Flaubert’s sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, exhumation in The Artist's Daughter,or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior. Rarified fields of science prompted her latest collections Toxic Flora and Brain Fever. A passionate advocate of chapbooks, her own most recent is Brood. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize. Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York and the president of the board at the Poetry Society of America.

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