Scale and Stairs: Selected Poems of Heeduk Ra

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Won-Chung Kim CM. Scale and Stairs: Selected Poems of Heeduk Ra. Buffalo, NY: White Pine Press; 2009.

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The poems of Heeduck Ra are charged with a friction between image and idea, sound and sense, she glimpses an arc, which may light a path from the visible world to the invisible. Like a mystic, she sees into the life of seemingly mundane things-a white lotus flower, dried fish, a pair of stockings-and discovers essential truths about her life here below. Her work occupies the ever shifting border region between what we know and what we do not know; a zone in which to apprehend the world anew.

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