Author: Jibril

Wi Seon-Hwan (위선화)

“Lunar Eclipse” by Wi Seon-Hwan

Extending a finger, my uncle raises it to one eye. Squeezing both eyes as he headed to the reservoir, he held a drenched full moon in his water-filled stomach. The woman who had been following behind halted to spread out all her...

Seo Jeong-Joo (서정주)

“Cuckoo” by Seo Jeong-Ju

Dappled with tears was the path my love tread. 30,000 ri to the lands west of China, he played his flute as he left for where azalea rains fall. Ga Op-Shin, adjusting and readjusting your...

Shin Dal-Ja (신달자)

“At Dawn When Your Eyes Awake” by Shin Dal-Ja

At dawn when your eyes awake, birds that hugged the forest through the night take flight, laying light against my forehead. The wind and trees which watched over our dreaming whisper—in my ears a clear...

Shin Dal-Ja (신달자)

“Bird” by Shin Dal-Ja

For you, I was a bird. Unable to speak, only cry. A pitiful bird with no one to understand. And each day, to make my wings ache I flew to all the places you traveled....

Shin Dal-Ja (신달자)

“Deep in the Night” by Shin Dal-Ja

When I cry, why aren’t you there? Swallowing my tears this hungry night, I sought you. But you had disappeared from my darkened face. Loving you was not to have someone to cry together with,...

Kim Ki-Taek (김기택)

“Cow” by Kim Ki-Taek

The cow’s large eyes look as if there’s something she longs to say, but I don’t have the ears to understand. All her words are in her eyes. Words which could tumble as tears from...

Ahn Do-Hyeon (안도현)

“Cormorant” by Ahn Do-Hyeon

The shorelines are tightly woven together, so let’s show them to mom. Let’s roast a string of sand drenched overnight. The sound of crashing waves as we lightly fry, then lay it on a tray....

Lee Je-Ni (이제니)

“A Single Name” by Lee Je-Ni

I stand waiting on a frozen page, the waters of memory flowing up with the determination of ice until an unspoken name overtakes the horizon. On Monday, I became lost. No—on Tuesday. No—on Wednesday. No—on...

Lee Kyeong-Rim (이경림)

“Sleeping Together” by Lee Kyeong-Rim

I share the bed with a hole. A hole I’ve only just met. Unsure still how deep it goes or how it first appeared, I descended into the depths of its genitals. All night, the...