Azaleas: A Book of Poem by Kim Sowŏl, translated by David R. McCann
Considered one of Korea’s best modernist poets, Kim produced just one collection during his brief life – he died tragically (perhaps deliberately) of an opium overdose at just 32 years. That single collection, Azaleas, is available for the first time in English, lovingly rendered by Harvard professor McCann, himself a poet. Read together, Kim’s pieces form the story of a young Korean’s travels from north to south, his journey as a student and writer, and his eventual return home.
Published: 2007 (United States)