From the Archives: Poetry, Sex, and Rap

By Susan Harris

April is National Poetry Month, and our theme this month is sex, so we're going back to our November 2005 South Korean issue for a tale that fits both: Lee Gi-ho's "Earnie." The story of a young prostitute with a booming voice who escapes via a fortuitous encounter with a music impresario, it appears in two renditions: the text, translated by Yu Young-nan, and a rap version penned by rapper Kyle Myhre, better known as El Guante. Poetry and sex, and a salute to translation as well, with El Guante recreating Yu Young-nan's English version in an apt format.

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