Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, Korea and currently resides in Philadelphia. She is the author of The Island of Natural History (forthcoming from Publication Studio), and a chapbook, Salt Wedge. She writes poetry, speculative fiction, and into little boxes on the internet sometimes. She dreams commune dreams.
From an introduction by Christine Shan Shan Hou:
I have never felt as outside of myself, so beyond the limits of my physical body as I have after reading Oki Sogumi’s writing. Being inside her poems is like moving while being completely submerged in another element; I am swimming. She writes:
Looking at children and thinking the children don’t care about the children, they don’t share some idea of their collective future. They want to cut each other’s eyes out with scissors and make necklaces of eyes that glitter. They want other eyes to do the watching for them, they want someone else to future into the abyss. They hop onto the back of the black boar and hold tight to his coarse hair, and say RUN FAST AND DON’T STOP.
Science fiction and radical politics merge within a fluid, poetic space and what results is not only an unexpected voice, but a strange and necessary one, as well. A voice, I believe, which will guide us in the future…