Translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizè, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach
Brush drawings by the poet, for this edition
Flowers of a Moment, Ko Un's latest treasure trove, is a recital of a stunning range of feeling, intellection, and expression featuring 180 brief zen poems from Korea's most beloved poet and four-time Nobel Prize nominee. These are intimate sketches by a literary giant at the apex of his career, in the autumn of his life. The effect of these poems is as subtle as the freshest green tea, as tonic as the best ginseng, as powerful as a shaman drum solo, as intimate as a standing before a waterfall. This edition also features a dozen inkbrush calligraphies by the poet, done especially for the english-language edition.
"Bodhisattva of Korean poetry, exuberant, demotic, abundant, obsessed with poetic creation... Ko Un is a magnificent poet, combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian."-- Allen Ginsberg
Hear Gary Gach launch the title at Moe's Books, Berkeley: the streaming audio archive at RedRoom.com.