“Meraki” by Tobi-Hope Jieun Park

As with any good book of poetry, the works are different, with varying intention and form. Some exist only for the image or emotion they portray. Some are more steeped in the logic of an idea. Some of the poems I don’t understand much, but it is important that I believe, if I really tried, perhaps I could.

The vocabulary is advanced, and sometimes those words are important. Do not read the poem set called “Epistolary” without knowing what the word means.

If I had one request, it would be for more variety of emotion. The feelings in these poems are never ragged or raging. They are toward the beautiful, the even and the gentle, as would be expected from a young Korean girl.

The best poetry I have reviewed this year.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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