Do Jong-Hwan (도종환)

“Class Dismissal” by Do Jong-Hwan

Kids, don’t go straight home. The faces of cosmos flowers are peeking through with waving hands, so return the wave. Hug each tree one by one which provides a place to rest. Talk to the...

Moon Jeong-Hee (문정희)

“Yeah” by Moon Jeong-Hee

One sunlight-filled afternoon you asked, “Wanna do it with me?” My reply, which blossomed like a flower, “Yeah.” As a round sea, you rise above me. As a round moon, I rise below you. This...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“And a Red Arrow Through the Heart” by Heo Yeong-Ja

Don’t touch. An unwavering stare. Having traveled far on foot with a red arrow through the heart, the act is impressive. Symmetrical curve to his shoulders: the image of peace from behind. Today even the...

Party

Transfiguration

Tonight’s the night. You swear it is. You drink just enough and smoke just enough to charm the pulsating convulsions of the room into submission, just long enough to make your way to her. You...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“Gasoline” by Heo Yeong-Ja

I want to be a woman like gasoline. Have a light soul to avoid feeling rainbows, both warm and dangerous, a combustible chest– pure volatility, full-aged, leaving no residue of regret or grudges. I want...

Heo Yeong-Ja (허영자)

“Untitled” by Heo Yeong-Ja

Like cool fresh water gushing up through cracks between rocks, like deep blue-green onion stalks lifting heads through snow-covered ground, both so clear and so pungent.   돌틈에서 솟아나는 싸늘한 샘물처럼 눈밭에 고개드는 새파란 팟종처럼...

Maeng Moon-Jae (맹문재)

“Holding Out an Apology” by Maeng Moon-Jae

1 I turned down a village side street and apples hanging clung close to my steps like fire. Because I’m poor, I knew well that touching someone else’s thingsis a bad habit, but… I wanted...

Kim Yong-Taek (김용택)

“Evening Letter” by Kim Yong-Taek

I like you. Every night as the stars come out, I’m reminded of your face. On this night, too, I’m watching the stars. Following one, I see your face. Among the many, at times all...

Jo Eun (조은)

“Warm Earth” by Jo Eun

Settled for a moment in the place they came to rest, the seeds buried themselves. Knowing the course of water flowing to my body, they did not fall but caught the earthy scent of a...