Category: Popular

Kim Hye-Soon (김혜순)

“It’s OK, I’m a Pig” by Kim Hye-Soon

The Pig Speaks Nailing the pig to the cross was so natural it was meaningless. In the meditation room, I glare at the wall while deciding to meditate and sit in the Lotus Position. You...

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)

“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....

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...

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...

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...