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

The Buddhist Nun – Baek Seok
20s-30s / A-G / A-Z / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

The Buddhist Nun – Baek Seok

The Buddhist Nun Baek Seok (1912-1995?) The Buddhist nun joined her hands and bowed. She smelled like a wild aster. Her forlorn face was aged like old days. I became sorrowful like a sutra. At the gold mine of a mountain in Pyongan, I bought a corn from a pallid woman. Slapping her little daughter, … Continue reading