Ko Un

Korea, (b. 1933)

A Smile

  1. Standing in front of the smile
  2. on the face of a boiled pig’s head
  3. by all means be as generous.

© Ko Un
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]

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