Lee Byeong-Ryul (이병률)

“Microwave Rice” by Lee Byeong-Ryul

There was a time when I used to buy microwave rice. A time when there was no nowhere to put it. I placed it in pockets, bags, and hugged it to my chest. Still, it...

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)

“At Dawn When Your Eyes Awake” by Shin Dal-Ja

At dawn when your eyes awake, birds that hugged the forest through the night take flight, laying light against my forehead. The wind and trees which watched over our dreaming whisper—in my ears a clear...

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....

Shin Dal-Ja (신달자)

“Deep in the Night” by Shin Dal-Ja

When I cry, why aren’t you there? Swallowing my tears this hungry night, I sought you. But you had disappeared from my darkened face. Loving you was not to have someone to cry together with,...

Kim Ki-Taek (김기택)

“Cow” by Kim Ki-Taek

The cow’s large eyes look as if there’s something she longs to say, but I don’t have the ears to understand. All her words are in her eyes. Words which could tumble as tears from...