Monday, September 27, 2021
He founded the literary journal, New Literature in 1951, and taught creative writing at Chosun University in the 1950s. He was a faithful Christian all his life.
A 40th anniversary memorial service was held in 2015 at Soongsil University featuring readings of Kim’s work and a musical setting of several of his poems.
The following was translated by Cho Young-Shil.
let me pray . . .
Fill me with the humble mother tongue
bestowed on me at the fall of the leaves in time
let me love . . .
Embrace one only—
Plow this fertile
hour for the most beautiful fruit—
let me be solitary . . .
like a raven who’s come through the sinuous waters
and the valley of lilies
to alight on a sapless bough
Entry written by D.S. Martin. He is the author of five poetry collections including Angelicus (2021, Cascade) ― a book of poems written from the point-of-view of angels. His books are available through Amazon, and Wipf & Stock.