Yearly Archive: 2013

Lee Soo-Myeong (이수명)

“Wave” by Lee Soo-Myeong

A body having thrown itself does not rise. What rises is an eagle, an eagle’s eye, and carried in that eye, a flame. A fire burning over water, only an endless wave.   몸을 던진...

barking dog

“Black Monday 4” by Jang Kyeong-Rin

Apartment 502 must be stepping out. Out cries the door with its electronic latch and bell as it closes. Apartment 502 must be taking the dog for a walk. When the dog which used to...

Heavy Rain

“Rainy Day” by Lee Soo-Myeong

On a rainy day, I sheltered a drenched man under my umbrella. From beneath it, he spoke without pausing — all words I couldn’t understand. Each word piled slowly inside me, bringing my blood to...

Kim Yeong-Seung (김경승)

“Boomerang” by Kim Yeong-Seung

Why does a boomerang return? Tool for clubbing and catching, killing in an instant. A returning boomerang is thrown wrong. Boomerangs do not return. They declare and admit fault. They’re for going home, crushed and...

Jeong Ho-Seung (정호승)

“The Someone I Love” by Jeong Ho-Seung

I don’t love someone who has no shadow. I don’t love someone who doesn’t love shadows. I love someone who has become shade for a tree. Neither shine nor shadow but dazzling, how beautiful is...

Song Jae-Hak (송재학)

“The Dead Do Age” by Song Jae-Hak

Each year my mother goes to a photo studio. It’s there where my father ages where the lines of my mother’s forehead soften and in an instant, for a moment, they become my father’s wrinkles....

minimalist chair

“Structure of Chairs” by Lee Soo-Myeong

On top of one chair, two. On top of two chairs, three. On top of three chairs, four. On top of four chairs, five. On top of five chairs, nine. On top of nine chairs,...

cats and trash

“Cat Burglar” by Lee Soo-Myeong

The cat has been rummaging through the trash again. The bag is torn, lying in shreds here and there. There’s no use in covering or closing the garbage can. Bread, snacks, and raw fish placed...

girl pointing and laughing

“My Face” by Kim Hye-Soo

When friends tease me, I feel like teasing back. My sniffling, crying face. My face, red like peppers.   친구가 나를 놀리면 나도 놀리고 싶어진다. 훌쩍훌쩍 우는 내 얼굴 고추 같이 빨간 내 얼굴  ...