Immigrant Song By Sun Yung Shin – Full Text Of The Poem

Immigrant Song By Sun Yung Shin – Full Text Of The Poem

IMMIGRANT SONG BY SUN YUNG SHIN – In this topic, we are going to read the poem Immigrant Song By Sun Yung Shin.


As mentioned above, it is written by Korean-American poet, writer, and educator Sun Yung Shin.

According to Three Worlds One Vision, the poet was adopted by an American couple when she was a year old. She earned a BA in English from Macalester College and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas.

Here is the full text of the poem uplifted from Poety Foundation:

All birds—even those that do not fly
—have wings

A constant confession
Admission of omission

This is your punctuated equilibrium
And everything in between
Slow it down

The moment of extinction
The death of the last individual of a species
(Let’s put it aside for now)
Stay with it

This is our gene flow
How do you like our genetic drift
A riff, a rift, a raft…
Too rough for the second half

Take us under, take us downhill
Paint pangenesis all over your dancing body
The new party god
Keep the beat going, don’t stop, you can’t stop

Crick & Watson
This is your mother’s local phenomenon

If this is racial hygiene
Why do I feel so dirty?

Microcosmic soul
It’s an involutionary wonderland
This living matter
A modern synthesis
4.6 billion years of biology
Can’t stop the ideology
Graduate from meet/mate
To fitness landscape of sexual selection

From land over sea
It’s a hard lyric
The impression of a key in a bar of soap
A transitional fossil

Keep camping
Plant the flag
Bury the burial mound
Put the pop in popular
And the sigh in science

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