Category: Poetry

Hwang Yoon-Sook (황윤숙)

“To Loneliness” by Hwang Yoon-Sook

Some poets, on seeing a wheel, want to roll. Some painters, on seeing a flat surface lifted up, want to walk along inside it. Me, on seeing worn planks raised up and scattered, I want...

Jeong Il-Geun (정일근)

“Classroom with an Ocean View” by Jeong Il-Geun

So clear. Heat hardly knows to write anything but my name. In the window cleaned so kindly, a distant shoreline and an island—it’s tender brother. Something drawn by heat so thoughtfully for eyes chilled by...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“To the Leafless Tree” by Heo Yeong-Ja

The dark night fills with fear, but… The frigid winter is even worse, but.. Tree, O shivering tree, stripped of all your clothes, As joy comes at the end of a test, once the darkness...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“Rainy Days” by Heo Yeong-Ja

Rainy days, I’m reminded of my youth. That period where my heart stood like a tree woefully drenched in the rain. Rainy days, I’m reminded of my youth. A vague rain over a field of...

Jeong Ho-Seung (정호승)

“Leaves, Too, Have Their Bruises” by Jeong Ho-Seung

Leaves, too, have their bruises. Petals, too, have their bruises. Walking across a field with you and sitting to watch the changing evening colors, leaves filled with bruises waved their hands. It is the petals...

flowers blooming on the mountains

“Flowers Blooming on the Mountains” by Kim So-Wol

On the mountains flowers bloom. Flowers bloom. Through autumn, spring, and summer, flowers bloom. On the mountains, On the mountains, flowers bloom. Each one as alone as me. The small birds chirping on the mountains...

Kim Gwang-Seop (김광섭)

“In the Night” by Kim Gwang-Seop

Among a multitude of stars, one stares down at me. Among a multitude of people, I stare up at that one star. As the night grows deeper, it fades into brightness and I disappear into darkness....

leaves at the riverside

“Mother, Sister” by Kim So-Wol

Mother, sister, let’s live by the riverside. Golden sand sparkling among the garden grass. The song of reeds beyond the back door. Mother, sister, let’s live by the riverside.   엄마야 누나야 강변 살자. 뜰에는...