DeWitt Brinson: What food do you hate the most, and if it were a person what would you like to say to it?

Min K. Kang: The cucumber. I would probably not say anything to it. Navigate the room around the cucumber.

DB: What's the difference between dick and cock?

MKK: “Dick” sounds pejorative and diminutive and “cock” sounds well-rounded, has a lot going for it (sonically, dimensionally).

DB: What's the difference between a misspelled word you understand the meaning of and a correctly spelled word you don't understand?

MKK: I like the misspelled word better than the fancy word I don’t understand.

DB: How many times a day do you wash your hands?

MKK: Often, but I try not to use soap every single time because, you know, of the looming danger of superbacteria. Wait, that doesn’t make sense if it already exists. I am just gross.

DB: What's something that makes you smile but doesn't make you outrageously happy? Like just a little happy?

MKK: Currently, bizarre acronyms. Like when Liz Lemon (30 Rock) goes to a business retreat and goes to “C.L.A.S.S.” or “Consuming Lunch And Simple Socializing” or Drake’s “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right).” I watch too much TV.

DB: Your poems have nice shapes. How do view the layout of a poem? I mean "view" as in when you are writing or revising, how does the shape of the line and spacing form?

MB: I try to imagine how I’d like for it to be read aloud and to determine who/what is speaking and when, in smaller bites. It’s all noise but organized noise. I think this is just a phase for me—let’s see if I still like making these poems in six months.

DB: What do you look forward to?

MKK: Vacations. And then while on vacation, I realize it’s never as relaxing as I imagined it to be. I’m trying to practice lowered expectations but it’s hard, even though I’m owed nothing.

DB: When do you write and on what medium?

MKK: Throughout the day, I scribble down small ideas (usually nonsensical, incomplete) on my phone, laptop, and notebook. I expand on these small phrases later when I have a block of time (in the morning or when I can’t go to sleep).

DB: Have you ever bitten someone so hard they bleed? Have you ever been bitten?

MKK: No to both questions, but I think it takes a lot of emotion for human teeth to break into human flesh.

DB: What futuristic device would you like to see developed into a viable, household item?

MKK: Smart House, as seen on the Disney Channel, based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.

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interviewed by the tender, young, virile writer

DeWitt Brinson

Min K. Kang was born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in Texas. She is a graduate of Texas A&M and San Francisco State. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Asia Literary Review, Santa Clara Review, Transfer, and the anthology for Thymos, an organization for Asian American Activism and Awareness. She currently studies creative writing at Louisiana State and lives in Baton Rouge for most of the year.