Read a Washington Post article on Ko Un by Robert Hass. A long article by
Robert Hass was published in the New York Review of Books
Volume 52, Number 17 of November 3, 2005, which is basically his
Introduction to Ten Thousand Lives. People wishing to read
it can buy it from the NYRB archive page, or I can offer an
unauthorized copy of it here,
until I am asked to remove it at least.
Ten Thousand Lives was one of the books covered in a very fine
review article by John Feffer in The Nation
in September 2006.
Hear and watch Ko Un reading a poem. View two recent photos: One Two. See Ko Un (rather younger than now).
Read an article about
translating Ko Un's poetry. Read another, more developed article on the
Read my  long article about Ko Un's life and work.
The poem Ko Un wrote about the Sewol-ho tragedy was published in
Korean in a newspaper and then in
English in Words Without Borders
Translated poems by Ko Un have been published in the following reviews:
Vital Speeches of the Day; Aug 15, 2000; Vol. 66, Iss. 21; pg. 670 (Poem: At The Taedong River ) Korean text English text
Evergreen Review No. 104 (Poems: April 15; A yard at night)
Two Lines 2001 (Poem from Beyond Self: A Drunkard). Two Lines 2002 (A selection from Flowers of a Moment)
Manoa 13:1 (2001) (Poems from 10,000 Lives: Headmaster Abe; Yi Yong-Ak; Oh Song-Ryun; Spirit Shrine; Tears of Blood; Man-Sun)
review number 12. political prose and poetry (2002) (Poems
from 10,000 Lives: Okya, the palace woman; Pun-im from
Mijei; Ch'ae-sun; Hey, you there!)
The Cafe Review, Fall
2002 published: In a Street, Entering A Wood, Wild
Chrysanthemum, This Talking World, Song, Road
The London Magazine June - July 2003 (Introductory article: Poet of Korea's Pains and Hopes, with the poems A Smile; A Drunkard; Sitting; A Temple's Main Hall; the Women from Sonjae; Sunlight)
New American Writing
22 (2004) 162-5 (Short preface by Gary Gach, poems A
Mother-in-Law from Seoul, The Upper Reaches of Somjin River,
Borders, November 2005 (A major online magazine for
international literature) contains 3
poems from Ten
60 (June 2005) published a lengthy interview with Ko Un,
as well as several poems.
2006) published 7
poems from Flowers of a Moment.
The Nation (September 18,
2006) published 5
poems from Flowers of a Moment (p.33) as well as a fine
review (p.31 - 35) by John Feffer of 4 Korean books including Ten
The New Yorker (September
25, 2006) published 4 poems by Ko Un (p104)
showcased 2 poems from Flowers of a Moment on January 19,
2007 (link expires after 1 year)
Mantis: A journal
of poetry and translation, issue 6, Summer 2007
(Geographies) published Along the East Coast, When I went to
Munui Village, Beside Somjin River and Gazing up at
Nogodan (pages 176 - 182) as well as a review of 3 Way
Tavern, Ten Thousand Lives and Flowers of a Moment.(Page
(The Black Mountain Institute) Volume XXI 2007 published Ko Un's An
Outcry (page 79)
Lilipoh Issue 50 Vol. 12,
Winter 2007 page 19 "Winter Journey"