“Study of Two Figures (Pasiphaë/Sado),”
by Monica Youn


…..Study of Two Figures (Pasiphaë/Sado)



First published in Poetry (February 2019)

Monica Youn reads “Study of Two Figures (Pasiphaë/Sado)” from the February 2019 issue of Poetry, followed by a discussion with the editors, here.

Read an in-depth interview with Monica Youn by the Washington Square Review, in which she discusses her writing process and various themes in her work, here.

In The Paris Review, Youn discusses her racial identity and the role it plays in her work as she explores her poem “Twinkie” here.


Monica Youn grew up in Houston, the daughter of Korean immigrants. A former lawyer, she is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award; was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award; and was long listed for the National Book Award. It is available for purchase order here and here. Her previous poetry collections are Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress, Youn has held residencies at Civitella Ranieri, the Rockefeller Foundation–Bellagio, Yaddo, and MacDowell. She currently teaches at Princeton University and in the Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence MFA programs. Sources: here and here.

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