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Songs for Tomorrow: Poems 1961-2001

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Recognized as the greatest living Korean poet, Ko Un has produced a vast amount of poetry over the years, including the noted collection Ten Thousand Lives, previously published by Green Integer. This new volume selects work from Ko Un’s entire career to date.
Paperback, 600 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Green Integer (first published 2007)
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Bill
Feb 18, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found several of these poems snuck up on me with a delightful surprise. If you have time I suggest taking time to track this poet down. One that I especially liked for this forum is Books.

Where are my new books

My ten thousand books!
I'm throwing you all out
Without so much as one last drink together.
The street's full of trash so you won't feel lonely.
I'm throwing you all out.

All my ten thousand books!
No!
No! I have protested,
But between you and me
Conflict has been replaced
By a stupid peace
So
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David Kim
Feb 14, 2013 David Kim rated it really liked it
I like when Ko tries to dispel something or break down a wall of some sort. He'successful some times more than others. But the good ones are nice. Hopefully he'll get more widespread recognition someday.
Daniel Klawitter
Apr 02, 2016 Daniel Klawitter rated it liked it
Some days
It seemed a guest

Some days
It seemed the host

All those years
I was dreaming
of smoke rising from chimneys

Even now, I'm not sure who a poem is.
Stephen Lindow
Dec 07, 2012 Stephen Lindow rated it liked it
Some lovely short pieces, although they are not Korean sijos as Un's work is as a rebellious mongrel. The horror he went through when young!
Gary
Sep 04, 2007 Gary rated it it was amazing
reflects modern corean culture from 1950

to today







& to tomorrow




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Ko was born Ko Untae in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province in 1933. He was at Gunsan Middle School when war broke out.
The Korean War emotionally and physically traumatized Ko and caused the death of many of his relatives and friends. Ko's hearing suffered from acid that he poured into his ears during an acute crisis in this time and it was further harmed by a police beating in 1979. In 1952, before the
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