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‘A Wolf in the Shell’: Life as a Korean Adoptee Is an Existential Condition

Raised by white Americans, poet Sun Yung Shin meditates on child abandonment, secrets, and fate through the famed Oedipus myth

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8 min readMay 20, 2021

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“A creature that hides and ‘withdraws into its shell,’ is preparing a ‘way out.’ This is true of the entire scale of metaphors

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Sun Yung Shin
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MAT, MFA. Writer, poet, editor, bodyworker, gardener. She/they. Author or editor of nine books, plus three forthcoming in 2024 and 2025. www.sunyungshin.com