Frequently Asked Questions
Open Letter to my Biological Mother
Dear Kim, Hye Kyung
When asked about you
I am all tight fist
A bud holding its breath
Afraid if I bloom
People will notice how disposable I feel
My chapped lips
My peeling fingers
Behind the garden of my heart is rot
Is a hole as big as the house I grew up in
That no amount of water could save
When my mother left
Color faded from my eyes
I opened arms like pages of a book
Held her hard to chest
Hoping she would take another look
But we are two dimensional
Pressed flowers are a trite, unnecessary thing
When asked about you I say
"I don't have any romanticized expectation about our exchange"
That is to say "I do not need you"
You are the botanist in me's wet dream
Fertile soil to step bare feet into
To study where I came from
Your name sits soaking in the jar
of my closed lid mouth fermenting
Take this as a warning to wither arms
back up into your sleeves
I'm not here to reunite as family
Past experience has taught a mothers trust
is dangerous and full of weeds
My family tree grows rings that do not ripple
Roots that only reap that which they sow
I am so long forgotten they do not know
How much I miss them
Do you miss me?
Is there a hole inside your chest
Where a bud was pulled too early
by tight fists, a gaping hollow
in the soil of your heart big enough to bury
a daughter you never got to hold
You live in the shadow of a mother
who got rid of me
after you got rid of me
An echo off a mountain top who tells me
I do not belong
and I am good at not belonging
I am terrified to find you
Terrified you'll tell me that I'm wrong.
Contact: Laura Wachs
‘VOICES OF KOREAN ADOPTION’ PROJECT TO SHOWCASE EXPERIENCE OF ADOPTEES
LOCAL SEATTLEITE TO USE ART TO RAISE FUNDS FOR KOREAN ADOPTEE ORG WHILE REUNITING WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FAMILY
SEATTLE, WA and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – April 03, 2014 – Laura Wachs, established performance artist and community organizer, is excited to announce ‘The Voices of Korean Adoption’. This powerful art project will raise money to benefit Korean adoption agencies GOAL and KoRoot, through a performance poetry showcase. The showcase will feature poets from around the world who were adopted from Korea.
The art project arose out of Wachs’ own journey to reunite with her biological parents. Wachs is awaiting confirmation from an agency helping her locate and meet them. Meanwhile, she plans to tell the world about the uniquely intricate experience of adoptees through several means: the above-mentioned poetry showcase, a book of poems from Korean adoptees all over the world, a book of poems presenting Wachs’ own journey, and a series of poetry workshops.
“The project presented itself to me,” Wachs remarked. “Once I began talking about my trip to reunite with my biological parents, I was flooded with stories of adoption. To see how prevalent this narrative was made me realize I wanted to bring awareness to it.”
“After running a successful benefit show for the Crisis Clinic of King County this past December to support the field of mental health, I decided I wanted to bring the same sort of healing to the adoptee experience.”
Wachs is running a Kickstarter campaign to support the project. The campaign has thus far raised over 50% of the $10,000 goal, with two weeks remaining.
Visit “The Voices of Korean Adoption” on Kickstarter (link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2057364396/the-voices-of-korean-adoption ) to help tell these incredible stories.
To learn more about the heart behind the project, or for additional information about the crowdfunding campaign, contact Laura Wachs at firstname.lastname@example.org.Last updated:
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