Monica Youn

is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016); Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003); and Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress and Stanford University, among other awards. A former attorney, she now teaches poetry at UC Irvine and is a member of the Racial Imaginary Institute.

Nation Poetry

Parable of the Magpie and the Mirror Parable of the Magpie and the Mirror

A certain scientist had a cage, and took a magpie, and put the magpie in the cage. And the magpie’s head and neck were black, and black were its beak and eyes, but the breast and b…

Oct 12, 2021 / no-paywall / Monica Youn