Poetry. Asian American Studies. Named among the Village Voice's Top 25 Books of the Year for 2005! POVEL is a compulsive reading and writing experience; a fantastic, extended excursion into the mind and life (in words) of Geraldine Kim, a young first-generation Korean-American. She launches herself through venues urban and cerebral, academic and commercial. The book-length poem's stream of consciousness is trained and leashed, and its form is strictly, if arbitrarily regulated by another of our most modern conveniences: the justified stanza. POVEL is, in the author's own words: "a successful merging between confessional verse poetry and the novel." Its reader cannot help but be amazed and heartened at the vigor this book injects into its chosen forms, and the humor with which its despair is tempered.