A Warm Family is a collection of poetry that emphasizes the family as the foundation of all human interaction. Kim Huran shows the importance of family and friendship as the fundamental relationships that shape our world. Throughout this work, the poet creates images that show secluded moments of bliss with lovers—those moments when love seems to enshroud and shield us from the reality of the world. These experiences allow us to overlook the mundane and all the pain that comes from it.
Kim’s poems express the reality that we all need each other, and they show the natural urge of humans, as well as animals, to seek comfort. We take delight in knowing someone is at home waiting for us. The poet mirrors this sentiment through images in the natural world. In “Family: A Herd of Elephants,” she shows how animals intuitively understand their own interconnectedness as they wait for a young elephant seeking nourishment.
“Suddenly One Day” reveals the anguish that arises when feeling disconnected. The poet strives to tear down walls that separate us, awakening the reality of interdependence that is fundamental to our own nature, as well as reaffirms that the walls we build are constructed out of fear. In this poem, the narrator’s “insides throb with pain,” and it is this pain that is the result of constructed isolation—a false sense of separateness leading to loneliness.
Kim acknowledges that the journey of ...