Ginger Ko

Ginger Ko (Poetry) | Athens, GA

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Ginger Ko is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books), and the chapbooks Inherit (Bloof Books) and Comorbid (Lark Books). Sidebrow will be publishing her second, currently unnamed full collection of poetry. Ginger is currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia’s creative writing program.


Motherlover (Bloof Books, 2016). Poetry.


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In Motherlover, many selves speak: sister, lover, mother, stranger. All speak, though, from one “body bearing up under puzzlement,” and they speak, not pretending to hear “angels in the music of a difficult landscape,” but with more imposing purport: to “weird the grayscale quality of my life.” Ginger Ko’s poetry epitomizes poetry’s purchase, its capacity to contest the pervasive forces of grayness, of uniformity and conformity. Motherlover is formidable, a fierce weirding.
—H. L. Hix

Ginger Ko’s Motherlover is a gut-wrenching and memorable debut, gorgeous in its renderings of discomfort and precise in its sensitivity. Ko slips expertly from density to emotionality, from repulsion to compassion. Her verses are “razor-wire flowers to punish/ those taking what isn’t theirs.” This is a book of giving, taking, and remembering, an exploration of memory’s insistence, power, and slipperiness. The poems feel for something with their hands, as if in the dark, sliding around in the beautiful mess of language and personal history. The exploration is terrifying, felt, real, funny, and just a goddamn pleasure.
—Morgan Parker

What if you wreck your ship in the middle of a dangerous/wavy prairie? What if “I” submits to the power of “you”? Ginger Ko’s debut book, Motherlover, asks these questions in a voice that serves as an audible beacon: staid but urgent like a whispered shout. Hers is a work of reckoning with its own flashing ambition to make dark/light.
—Jennifer Fossenbell

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