Korea, (b. 1933)
- Standing in front of the smile
- on the face of a boiled pig’s head
- by all means be as generous.
Beyond Self — 108 Korean Zen Poems, Parallax Press, 1997.
About the Poet
Ko Un (b. 1933), Korean writer, and former Buddhist monk, who has published well over a hundred volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, translations, and drama.
Ko Un is also a prominent literary figure in the movement to resist government suppression and to bring about democratic reforms in Korea, for which he was arrested four times in the 1970s and 80s. [DES-6/03]