Category: Popular

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...

Kim So-Yeon (김소연)

“Fading Flesh” by Kim So-Yeon

Monday, you left to go shopping. You bought thinly sliced jellyfish, then washed it. On the veranda, the green onions have bloomed and round snails rest on their blossoms. Tuesday, no matter how hard you...

Lee Soo-Myeong (이수명)

“In That House” by Lee Soo-Myeong

In that house a staircase descends like eyes. A staircase like eyes shifting sideways. A staircase turned to grey hair like eyes. My feet fill the air like black sirens. In that house there is...

Cha Chang-Ryong (차장룡)

“A Love Only in Death” by Cha Chang-Ryong

In the Ganges, drifts a rose. The melting Himalayas flow into an icy river that loves to wrap roses in its arms, but when the two embrace, river causes rose to die. In the warmth...

Kim Ki-Taek (김기택)

“Deep Kiss” by Kim Ki-Taek

The moment your mouth first opens and my tongue hangs between your lips. The moment my tongue is all, my entire body melting. The moment my returning tongue passes past my throat to the bottom...

Kim So-Yeon (김소연)

“Words That Make You” by Kim So-Yeon

Let’s say it’s a sigh. Let’s say that we didn’t have the skill to find the light ourselves. Spinning beyond the earth, the always over-night worker, the old muscle of moonlight. Let’s say it’s a...