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Angela Hume: “An Ecopoetics of the Limit: Myung Mi Kim’s ‘fell’”

I have been thinking about the temporality of apocalypse as it relates to a series from the poet Myung Mi Kim’s volume Penury (which means: poverty, or dearth). Kim’s vision of living on after the onset of apocalypse challenges us to rethink the ways that we conceptualize contemporary crisis and our relation to it, the prospect of our own annihilation, and that ambiguous remainder with which we are left that we so often call, for lack of a better name, “the future.” In Kim’s long poem “fell (for six multilingual voices),” which appears at the center of Penury, the consequences of human development, militarization, and war are registered in ecological terms, and imagining the ramifications of these human activities for humans, animals, plants, and environments entails inhabiting a complex temporality in which deracination (to borrow a term Kim herself employs) and apocalypse have, to a certain degree, already occurred. In Kim, it is only at this site—in the aftermath of the onset of “the end,” that precarious limit between presence and absence—that the unfolding of new languages and forms of embodied, ecological relation can be thought.
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