Each poem has the ability to take you in, to absorb you and hold you down like Petrificus Totalus, your eyeballs the only thing moving across the page.
Pierrot’s imagination leads him to have a zig-zag journey from one place to another where he is often either outside or in his bedroom, impatiently attempting to grab a book from a high shelf (and, not to our surprise, Newton’s 3rd law comes into effect at this moment — as the snail says to Pierrot).
The Girl Who Said Sorry by Hayoung Yim is a testament to the contradicting double standards that young girls and women face on a daily basis. As an amazing bonus, 50% proceeds from this book goes to serve Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation adolescent girl campaign.
The moment you step inside it is very clear — you realize this is very far from just another large house but in fact somewhere very special indeed. The entrance hall is a vision of turquoise and blue mosaic from floor to ceiling. Marble pillars and gold borders; a domed ceiling; sculptures and incredible attention to detail. It’s hard to know quite where to look first. Despite having visited a number of times, I am always thrilled by it.
“Our work calls attention to the many urgent crises that confront us, in support of the ongoing struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.” — The Illuminator