Yearly Archive: 2014

Do Jong-Hwan (도종환)

“Flowers That Bloom When Shaken” by Do Jong-Hwan

Where have flowers bloomed but never trembled? Even those most beautiful all trembled as they blossomed,and as they shook, stalks grew firm. Where is there a love which is never shaken? Where have flowers bloomed...

Ki Hyeong-Do (기형도)

“Worries for Mom” by Ki Hyeong-Do

Gone to market carrying thirty bunches of young radishes on her head, mom still hasn’t returned and the light’s long faded. I’m forgotten, like cold rice in this room. No matter how slowly I do...

Do Jong-Hwan (도종환)

“Class Dismissal” by Do Jong-Hwan

Kids, don’t go straight home. The faces of cosmos flowers are peeking through with waving hands, so return the wave. Hug each tree one by one which provides a place to rest. Talk to the...

Moon Jeong-Hee (문정희)

“Yeah” by Moon Jeong-Hee

One sunlight-filled afternoon you asked, “Wanna do it with me?” My reply, which blossomed like a flower, “Yeah.” As a round sea, you rise above me. As a round moon, I rise below you. This...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“And a Red Arrow Through the Heart” by Heo Yeong-Ja

Don’t touch. An unwavering stare. Having traveled far on foot with a red arrow through the heart, the act is impressive. Symmetrical curve to his shoulders: the image of peace from behind. Today even the...

Party

Transfiguration

Tonight’s the night. You swear it is. You drink just enough and smoke just enough to charm the pulsating convulsions of the room into submission, just long enough to make your way to her. You...