Say this may speaking

Trying to get at the core of a phrase, not by expressing it exactly, perfectly…certainly there’s a perfection Kim is after though it’s not grammatical or institutional but rather elemental, emotional—perfection in exact expression, not duplication or imitation (ability to be duplicated, imitated), not the correctness of a phrase but that moment when you’re first becoming aware of what you’re trying to say before you've said it. of the space in which you attempt to understand something in multiple languages, even, before you can say it properly, before you could build such a phrase on your own. the moment of understanding before speaking, which can be a very long moment when you’re entering a new language. [or attempting to more fully inhabit one’s own body]

(Penury, Myung Mi Kim, page 11)

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