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Abiding Places, Korea North and South

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Poetry. Translated from the Korean. In ABIDING PLACES, Korean poet Ko Un transfigures his homeland in lovely, observant, and penetrating poems uniting ancient and modern, secular and spiritual, art and politics, North and South. When his former political cellmate Kim Dae-Jung became president of South Korea in 1998, Ko Un became the first citizen from the South to be invited to tour the North. From that visit came this deceptively simple and deeply engaging book. Ko Un is Korea's most prolific living writer. He ...

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Overview

Poetry. Translated from the Korean. In ABIDING PLACES, Korean poet Ko Un transfigures his homeland in lovely, observant, and penetrating poems uniting ancient and modern, secular and spiritual, art and politics, North and South. When his former political cellmate Kim Dae-Jung became president of South Korea in 1998, Ko Un became the first citizen from the South to be invited to tour the North. From that visit came this deceptively simple and deeply engaging book. Ko Un is Korea's most prolific living writer. He has published fifteen volumes of poetry and has twice won the prestigious Korean Literature Prize.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932195408
  • Publisher: Tupelo Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Pages: 142

Meet the Author

Born in colonial Korea in 1933, Ko Un has written 15 volumes of poetry and twice won the prestigious Korean Literature Prize. Work translated into seventeen languages. In 1999, he was Visiting Research Scholar at the Harvard-Korea Institute.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     iii
Korea: Map     x
Korea: Chronology     xi
Poems
Prologue: Evening     1
Midday, Port Kampo     2
The Pine Trees at Chinp'a     3
Graven Buddhas at Seosan, Southern Ch'ungch'eong     5
The Venerable Kim Si-seup     7
Piro Summit, Keumgang / Diamond Mountain     9
Seosura     10
Seosura, Again     12
Ch'ilbo Mountain     14
Sangpyeong Pond     16
Yalu River     18
Komo Ridge     20
A Word about Ancient Ulleung Island     21
The Address: 101 Hyeonjeo-dong, Seoul     22
Around Unmun Temple at Ch'eongdo     23
Blank     24
Ghost Song     26
Kuwol/ Nine Moons Mountain     27
The News of Flowers     28
Kama Ridge: Palanquin     29
Under Taech'ung Summit     31
Keumgang-gul / Diamond Cave     32
Pukch'eong Lion Dance     33
The Tablet of Pubyeongnu Pavilion, Pyongyang     35
Seokguram Grotto, T'oham Mountain     37
Kaema High Desert     38
Women Picking Apple Blossoms     39
Hyesan / Many Blessings Mountain     42
Snow Falling     44
Waterwell Village at Pukch'eong     45
Near Chueul Hot Spring     46
That Hermitage     48
Field     49
Ch'eonji / Heavens Lake, Paekdu Mountain     50
Again, Ch'eonji     50
White Clothes     51
Supung Lake     53
Paeng-nyeong Island     55
Orphans     56
Passing through Suan, P'yeongwon Highway, Northern Hwanghae     58
Naejang Mountain     59
Ose Hermitage, Inner Passage, Mt. Seorak     60
Hangul / The Alphabet     61
Chabi / Mercy Crest     65
Samsu / Three Waters     67
The Grave of the Sea     68
Mara Island     69
Women of Chin Island     70
Facing the Sunrise over the Eastern Sea     72
P'aesu River     73
Ch'eonseondae / Heavenly Sage Terrace, Mt. Seorak     75
Aoji Mine     76
Wonsan, Kalma Peninsula     78
Ose Hermitage, Again     79
Mr. Lee Gye-jo     81
Or-Yuk / The Five-Six Islands     83
Nabawi      84
Stone Pagoda, Pohyeon Temple     85
Way of the Geese     87
Hadan     89
Eternity Bridge at Hamheung     90
In the Mountains: Main Street, Nangnim     91
Unju / Cloud-Dwelling Ship-in-Motion Temple     92
Hoeryung / Place of Peaceful Gatherings     94
Seonjuk / Bridge of Virtuous Bamboo     95
Potato Flower     97
The Nails of Kim Ok-gyun, Revolutionary     98
Truce Line, East Coast     99
Mireuk / Maitreya Island Offshore of T'ongyeong     100
Nokdong Estuary     102
Grave of Hwang Chin-i     103
T'omal / Land's End District, Haenam     104
Kulp'o Village     105
Wihwa Island     106
Moak Mountain     108
Namsan / South Mountain, Kyeongju     109
Nuch'en Hermitage     111
Pyongyang     114
Seonyu Island     115
Kwanghwa / Gate of Enlightenment     117
A Day of Two Rocks     119
Choch'iwon, Southern Ch'ungch'eong     120
Tangun's Tomb     121
Crimson Leaves     123
Frozen Potato Noodles      125
Kwangju     127
Hongnyu / Red Maple Village     128
An Unfinished Poem     129
Paekdu / Silver-Haired Mountain     132
Truce Line     133
Postscript     134
Notes     137
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