Monthly Archive: June 2013

Hwang In-Sook (황인숙)

“Love’s Wasteland” by Hwang In-Sook

In the morning paper, a face happened upon suddenly. After seeing it, tak, tak, tak, tak, tak, tak, tak, my heart’s stings as if cut with a knife. The moment I saw a friend long dead...

Na He-Deok (나희덕)

“Dry Fish” by Na Hee-Deok

Let’s stay in the darkness a while longer, you said. We don’t know if this is love, you thought.But the moment your body reached my hand I knew it was from fear. You, a dry fish...

Kim Myeong-Ri (김명리)

“House of Memory” by Kim Myeong-Ri

The sound of falling rain grows outside the door. There’s no reason for anyone to visit a house perched on a mountainside this late at night—a well-timed downpour between two mountains—and still as the light...

Shim Bo-Seon (심보선)

“Lost Gift” by Shim Bo-Seon

Separation is a message from another planet about us who die every day and daily but can’t accept it because a death we can believe in is always the last to arrive. This odd gift...

Kim So-Yeon (김소연)

“Fading Flesh” by Kim So-Yeon

Monday, you left to go shopping. You bought thinly sliced jellyfish, then washed it. On the veranda, the green onions have bloomed and round snails rest on their blossoms. Tuesday, no matter how hard you...

Lee Soo-Myeong (이수명)

“In That House” by Lee Soo-Myeong

In that house a staircase descends like eyes. A staircase like eyes shifting sideways. A staircase turned to grey hair like eyes. My feet fill the air like black sirens. In that house there is...

Cha Chang-Ryong (차장룡)

“A Love Only in Death” by Cha Chang-Ryong

In the Ganges, drifts a rose. The melting Himalayas flow into an icy river that loves to wrap roses in its arms, but when the two embrace, river causes rose to die. In the warmth...

Kim Ki-Taek (김기택)

“Deep Kiss” by Kim Ki-Taek

The moment your mouth first opens and my tongue hangs between your lips. The moment my tongue is all, my entire body melting. The moment my returning tongue passes past my throat to the bottom...

Kim So-Yeon (김소연)

“Words That Make You” by Kim So-Yeon

Let’s say it’s a sigh. Let’s say that we didn’t have the skill to find the light ourselves. Spinning beyond the earth, the always over-night worker, the old muscle of moonlight. Let’s say it’s a...