Kim Seung-hee

Kim Seung-hee was born in Gwangju, South Jeolla Province. Her career as a poet began when she won the New Writers’ Award of the Gyeonghyang newspaper in 1973. In addition to two volumes of fiction, a collection of short stories and a novel, she has published nine volumes of poetry and received several major awards, including the 1991 Sowol Poetry Award and the 2003 Go Jeong-hee Literature Award. Her volume Pots Bobbing (2006) was awarded the poetry award in Korea’s 2006 This Year’s Art Awards. A selection from Pots Bobbing, titled Walking on a Washing Line, was published by EAS (Cornell University) in 2011. Seung-hee is now an emeritus professor in the Korean Department of Sogang University, Seoul.

4 Translated Kim Seung-hee Poems

A Heart Full of Fingernails In sin, sin knows no sin. In solitude, solitude knows no solitude. “A series of solitary deaths all over the country.” Though I am not a prisoner of conscience, what always troubles me is the …

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