Author: Jibril

Choi Jeong-Rye (최정례)

“Thoughts, a Flock of Crows” by Choi Jeong-Rye

My night to you is midday, and your midday to me as night. Between us lie the breaking waves of the vast Pacific. Violent waves wander the dark and endless shoreline grasping at some meaning. But...

Choi Ok-Jeong (최옥정)

“I Met an Old Woman: Day 1” by Choi Ok-Jeong

Day 1:   A little girl spat on my shoes. While it didn’t actually hit but just sorta fell between them to the ground, I gave her a shove in the chest with my right...

Park Hyeon-Soo (박현수)

“A Prayer for Poetics” by Park Hyeon-Soo

Grant us a speech that never needs to spread vocal cords. Let us stand in the world with the eyes of a village wind arriving unfamiliar each day. Let poetry not develop as intended and the...

Lee Soo-Myeong (이수명)

“Brought to Bend” by Lee Soo-Myeong

I’m standing at the end of a corridor. Trying not to go to you, I bent down. Towards flowers blooming on the ground. Towards the shadow of flowers in hiding, I bent down. Having been...

Lee Yeong-Gwang (이영광)

“Fifty” by Lee Yeong-Gwang

It’s been a blur, vague like the names of characters I can’t quite remember from a Russian novel I’ve read, but I am fifty. Disorienting, like an old sexual desire which eats Viagra to be...

Hwang In-Sook (황인숙)

“River” by Hwang In-Sook

Don’t open up to me about how lonely you are, how burdened you are, how much you want to go crazy, how sane you are. About the bugs in your heart, the moths in your...

Hwang Dong-Kyu (황동규)

“Small Love Song” by Hwang Dong-Kyu

I received a letter which held yesterday. The path that had always trailed behind you suddenly disappeared and everything that wasn’t the path went with it. Scattered stones which played with us as kids hide away their faces. I...

Ki Hyeong-Do (기형도)

“Jealousy is My Strength” by Ki Hyeong-Do

After much time has passed, a weak bookmark will make these pages fall. In the past, my heart filled so many booklets. Foolish, but there was much to write. I was anxious in the open...