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A few biblical women reimagined as women by a woman for once--and not another white old mysogynist Jun 5, 2007
I once sat down and scanned the bible, looking for the poetry I knew was there. I thought I would fish it out and exploit its powers for my own poetry. But I couldn't find it, or it wasn't available to me. Kim's work offers this poetry in spades.
Her poetry is lyrical above all, thank goodness, a lyricism made of the incantatory ryhthms and phrasings and images found in the bible at its best. Her use of these forms seem necessary to the content of her poems. Their subtle formalism lies low, dusting the poems with an uncanny glow, until it is summoned to hold those ecstatic moments which, she seems to be saying, can only come out of the practice of reverence, coupled to moments of passion.
Kim's work also offered me an access to Cristianity's origin myth that no amount of authoritarian males ever had or could. The portal she opens back to this moment is her own self, as a person, a poet and a woman, and her revelation of female forms of ecstasy, love, and passion. The trail she opens to this past runs straight through the tangled inner connections between the physical and the emotional experiences which constitute female sensuality, sexuality--a perennial mystery not just to Freud but to all men who, sadly, are doomed never to escape the myopic convulsions and interpretations of Testosterone and its agression.
The authors linkage of past to present, present to past travels a territory made up of the personal and universal; the poetic eye, the body's mind and the authors frank and unartificed gaze. Like the woman on the cover,Kim offers herself, opens herself, giving a historical moment in Cristianity whole new colors and clothing, to keep open a small airhole, and a way back, to the parts of Christanity and its origin story that are still rich and alive and universal.