Kim Gaihyun



‘Don’t be stupid’ (‘바보같이 굴지 마’)

I looked at his darkening profile, So, you are Korean? No, Chinese, he said If he were the black guy last night I’d keep talking about Kenya and Obama How his dad used to be working in the bank whose …

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Volcano Meditation (화산 명상)

All the best men are interested in other men, or their forearms are strong and lightly haired. All the best men are already without that which they need no longer. So it is that each woman, adrift, ends up with …

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Sudden Rain, Tilba Tilba (갑작스런 비, 틸바 틸바*)

We no longer go out to paint, unless the object to be represented is such that it cannot be transported. – Lang Shi Ning (Giuseppe Castiglione, Qing Dynasty court painter) The fly-screen door has only just banged shut & already …

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Everyday Magician (매일의 마술사)

another boy catches a drive ►by bullet in his chest. born with straightjackets we buy records and start fires. gravity lets go. in the city no-one drowned last night. the florist saws another white lady in half. so many mis-made …

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Do Not Feed the Lion (사자에게 먹이를 주지 마라)

enter the tangle stay in groups, make sure you’re alone bare your fangs, smile with tiger eyes do not feed the lion scratch your back watch the big cat take your hands start to run when your confidence wanes do …

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The New Scientist (새로운 과학자)

like a brave flag parading in the slipstream of some desk jockey’s eight start day the miracles of this season ruffle like a party dress or the leaves in the trees that ridge as snug as a favourite collar and …

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View from the Yarra Bend with two men (두 남자와 야라 벤드*에서 내려다 본 풍경)

An ugly gentleman, six-and-a-half feet tall, combs his black hair across one ear, and then another. Mallee gums eavesdrop the space where the magpies dig for paddle pops and ants, and he sees himself face down beneath the bench and …

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View from the memory in which we try to kiss each other (우리가 서로에게 입맞추려 했던 기억으로부터의 모습)

Firstly, I would like to say that I am sorry. Right now I’m kissing you on the shore of a lake so broad it is pulling all of the vistas of the earth in toward it. The plug island at …

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Five Sijo For My Raider (침입자를 위한 다섯 수의 시조)

Enemy, you have raided my country, your handwriting floats

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This Is a Poem Without Mothers (이것은 어머니들이 없는 시다)

The alarm in the morning is made of rubber invents the day around it like a drum. Leonard Cohen. Um. The alarm in the morning is made of stones we unearthed near a horse. My father, smoking a cigar. The …

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Carp (잉어)

One summer the creek dried up. After cricket, me and a couple of the other boys, In our whites, Went down to the creek bed. There was just a large puddle left, very muddy. In it, a carp: huge. It …

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A survey of bearded men (수염 기른 남자들에 대한 조사)

I grow a beard because I hate constant shaving I grow a beard to look distinguished I grow a beard because it is the natural thing to do I grow a beard because it is manly I grow a beard …

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