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ko un | flowers of a moment

KO UN

Rowing with just one oar
I lost that oar

For the first time I looked round at the wide stretch of water

[from, FLOWERS OF A MOMENT, Boa Editions, 2006]

3 Comments

  1. After a weekend with Susan, this is just the book I want to buy. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Your brush stroke
    for the first time I looked – saw
    the wide space

    This is gorgeous! Many thanks. Merrill

  3. When BOA, the American publisher, was putting the book together, a large package arrived from Korea. Without advance word, or explanation, the poet simply sent a slew of his treasurable brush drawings, as illustrations of the English-language edition ( many in color ).

    Another amazing feature of the book is how each book sets out in a new space from previous ones, like a tree unfolding 185 braches, one by one …

    Thank you for your kind support.

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