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Emily Jungmin Yoon

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco, 2018), winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award and finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She is the poetry editor for The Margins, and is a PhD candidate in Korean literature at the University of Chicago. 


Body Of

Summer 2020 | Poetry

My mother, teaching me how to protect my body: 
“When a man touches you here, yell I am a body
that will bear a child.” How was I,
a child, to understand that as the sanctity
of my body. How was I to know to say, 
the body without that potential is also whole