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Ko Un

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Ko Un

Born in 1933 in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, Ko Un is Korea's foremost living writer. After immense suffering during the Korean War, he became a Buddhist monk. His first poems were published in 1958, then a few years later he returned to the world. He became a leading spokesman in the struggle for freedom and democracy during the 1970s and 1980s, in a struggle for which he was often arrested and imprisoned. He has published more than 120 volumes of poems, essays, and fiction. In recent years, selections from his work have been translated into at least fourteen languages, including 4 volumes so far published in English: The Sound of My Waves (Cornell EAS) and Beyond Self: Zen Poems (Parallax) were published in the 1990s, Little Pilgrim (Parallax) and Ten Thousand Lives (Green Integer) have been published in 2005. He has been invited to talk and give readings of his work at major poetry and literary festivals in many countries.

Articles by Ko Un

A Poem I Didn’t Name
By Ko Un
Now is a time of national mourning.Not for the death of a king we have never seen.Now is a time of national mourningduring which we all should thrust our heads down to the bottom of the sea where…
Translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé & Lee Sang-Wha
Gamak Valley
By Ko Un
During wartime the men die,the women survive.Cockerels have their necks twisted and die,hens sit on eggs.Gamak Valley in Yeonsan,north of Nonsan in South Chungcheongis where sharp hillsapproach the ridges…
Translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé & Lee Sang-Wha
Multilingual
The Moon
By Ko Un
Every time the moon rose, she prayed.Finally Wol-nam's mother, at forty, bore a son.In dreams before pregnancy,she swallowed the moon.After her son was born, Wol-nam's motherwould lose her mindwithout…
Translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé, Young-Moo Kim & Gary G. Gach
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