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Heavy Rain

“Rainy Day” by Lee Soo-Myeong

On a rainy day, I sheltered a drenched man under my umbrella. From beneath it, he spoke without pausing — all words I couldn’t understand. Each word piled slowly inside me, bringing my blood to...

tree in the rain

“Trees” by Moon Yeon-Joo

Trees, even when it rains or snows, remain as always. But I can’t forget their emotionless faces. They are just too serious.   나무는 비가 와도 눈이 와도 그대로 있다 나무는 그래도 진지한 표정을 잊지 않는다...

Kim Hye-Soon (김혜순)

“Birthday” by Kim Hye-Soon

When I open my eyes in the morning, the bed is full of thorns. When I listen to music, thorns gush out of the speakers. When I walk, thorns pour out in piles beneath my...

kids seated beneath a tree

“Lying in the Breeze” and “Reed” by Lee Ji-Soo

Lying in the Breeze I felt the sky. A breeze blowing coolly, trees gently rustling. I ride a cloud and feel the sky.   Reed Walking through the grass, reeds sway softly, shake. It seems...

Kim Seon-Woo (김선우)

“Fallen Leaves, First Love” by Kim Seon-Woo

1 If at the edge of a dizzying cliff you’re pacing in the face of the wind, I won’t call out to you. Clinging to your collar, I won’t be an overbearing noise. What could...

Kim Myeong-In (김명인)

“And It Grows Darker” by Kim Myeong-In

Whether promising or obscuring, there’s an awful glow, I know, for anyone, which piles higher than the polar lights. On this bank, a disappearing overpass, a disappearing river. On the other, I see a willow...

Shin Yong-Mok (신용목)

“Backcountry Metaphor” by Shin Yong-Mok

Like an amputee’s discarded leg, I’m lying down. Somebody closes a window. The passing sky overhead resembles bloodstains on an empty ICU bed in a darkened room. Someone is leaving me. The hurried clack, clack...

Hwang In-Sook (황인숙)

“Sad Patriarch” by Hwang In-Sook

Thumb, index finger, middle finger. As you stare at your three outstretched fingers, I tell you that you’re making the face of someone about to cry. Your chest is torn in sadness, and because of...

Na He-Deok (나희덕)

“Dry Fish” by Na Hee-Deok

Let’s stay in the darkness a while longer, you said. We don’t know if this is love, you thought.But the moment your body reached my hand I knew it was from fear. You, a dry fish...