Girls of the Fall – Yang Jungja
80s-90s / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation / S-Z

Girls of the Fall – Yang Jungja

Girls of the Fall Yang Jungja (1944 – present) In dreary November in the empty schoolyard where students and teachers are gone and blossoms and leaves are fallen seventh-grade girls who are yet to start puberty play jumpsies in the corner till late. “A toy train leaves as it chugs choo choo carrying cookies and … Continue reading

Spring  – Shin Dong-yup
60s-70s / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation / S-Z

Spring – Shin Dong-yup

Spring Shin Dong-yup (1930-1969) Spring comes neither from the southern sea nor the northern land. From Jeju to Duman river, generous and shimmering glance of spring arises from the stunning farmlands, where we’ve stepped on. Though winter drove a fierce snowstorm into the sea and the land, the generous spring that will now arrive shall … Continue reading