Yearly Archive: 2013

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  ...

Ha Jae-Yeon (하재연)

“Life of My Own” by Ha Jae-Yeon

My eyes are my own. Each flutter of my lashes, my freedom. Turning my head to look upon, my freedom. My hands, my own. Whether smoking a cigarette or extinguishing one, that’s my freedom. Overflowing...

Na Hee-Deok (나희덕)

“And the Birds, They Fly” by Na Hee-Deok

Birds flew by with hearts between their beaks. Outside the window, a quiet calm. Inside, I’m sitting on a washer. A plate seated in front of me holding an apple, peeled and bitten, which moments...

tree in the rain

“Trees” by Moon Yeon-Joo

Trees, even when it rains or snows, remain as always. But I can’t forget their emotionless faces. They are just too serious.   나무는 비가 와도 눈이 와도 그대로 있다 나무는 그래도 진지한 표정을 잊지 않는다...

Heo Eun-Shil (허은실)

“When the Waters Come” by Heo Eun-Shil

Water beetles hold their breath against the wind. Waters swell. The moon exhales deeply. Murmurings rise like running waters up to my eyebrows — and are quiet. As animals crawl out of conch shells, there...

Kim Hye-Soon (김혜순)

“Birthday” by Kim Hye-Soon

When I open my eyes in the morning, the bed is full of thorns. When I listen to music, thorns gush out of the speakers. When I walk, thorns pour out in piles beneath my...

kids seated beneath a tree

“Lying in the Breeze” and “Reed” by Lee Ji-Soo

Lying in the Breeze I felt the sky. A breeze blowing coolly, trees gently rustling. I ride a cloud and feel the sky.   Reed Walking through the grass, reeds sway softly, shake. It seems...