In “Study of Two Figures (Agave / Pentheus),” poet Monica Youn taps The Bacchae by Euripides and out pours an “immigrant family sitcom.”

As Monica explains to host Evangeline Riddiford Graham in Multi-Verse Episode 11, the play’s deep backstory is her poem’s animating question: What does it mean for you and your family to be seen as “foreign”?

“Study of Two Figures (Agave / Pentheus)” can be found in Youn’s collection “From From” (Graywolf, 2023), available here:

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