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Flowers of a Moment (Lannan Translation…

Flowers of a Moment (Lannan Translation Selection Series)

by Ko Un

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No single poem "leads" to the next ... each is like a star in a vast firmament, revealing unfolding further realms with every new one ... a treasure trove by a world-class poet at the top of his game ... or perhaps actually by a force of nature ... and very Korean ! ( )
  nobodhi | Dec 17, 2009 |
Ko Un (1933-) is an award winning Korean poet, who has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature on four occasions. Flowers of a Moment is a collection of 185 brief and delicate but powerful zen poems. Here are four poems from the book:

A photo studio's shop window
A woman who cannot bear children
gazes smilingly at a photo of a one-year-old child

Look, that dandelion drenched by a shower
is making the best of it, pursing its lips
Stand firm, little girl

At the foot of a hill where children are playing
a dainty stream babbles
It does not realize that very soon
it will be the sea

Go to Somalia
and look at your capitalism
look at your socialism
Look in the eyes of starving children

This is a beautifully written and translated collection; definitely recommended. ( )
1 vote kidzdoc | Aug 8, 2009 |
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Ko Unprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gach, GaryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kim, Young-mooTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taizé, Brother Anthony OfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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