Author: Jibril

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...

Lee Kyeong-Rim (이경림)

“Marsh” by Lee Kyeong-Rim

60,000 years before my mother gives birth to me, 35,000 years before I give birth to my daughter, my daughter’s womb holds an 8,000 year-old baby and my daughter misses my baby in her womb. Each...

Hwang Dong-Kyu (황동규)

“Even Smaller Love Song” by Hwang Dong-Kyu

In part of the lotus pond a single petal plucked from a tree. How fast it falls. Falling, falling, falling still. Laid atop the water by this hand.   연못 한 모통이 나무에서 막 벗어난...

Hwang Dong-Kyu (황동규)

“Smaller Love Song” by Hwang Dong-Kyu

Still a few undying gusts of winds. A damp snow falling during the evening meal, or not snow but snow melted midair and tumbling endlessly as drops of water. Drops which, when you open your...

Moon In-Soo (문인수)

“The Long Arms of ‘I Miss You’” by Moon In-Soo

They say you’re walking the banks of a river in that country. Your small shoulders glisten like a butterfly. Though I only glimpsed from behind, the image of your return hung before my eyes, so I held out my...

Ko Un (고은)

“Love is the Lack Thereof” by Ko Un

  Was it May? June? Seokkoku stems’ blossoms had flowered. If you walked on, settling waves of white Cow Parsnips would be in bloom. A day like this—the last traces of fading sunset, a chill...