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Shadows of the Void

Shadows of the Void
  • Author : Ynhui Park
  • Translator : Brother Anthony of Taizé
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : Apr 2014
  • Cover : Hard Cover
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN : 9781624120275


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  • Contents


    I. Snow on the Charles River (1979)

    Church Buried in Snow
    Fields Deep in Snow
    Heart’s Hill
    On a Snowbound Road
    A Butterfly’s Dream 
    Between Languages 
    Things Invisible
    Though I Follow and Follow

    II. Dream of a Butterfly (1981)

    Skies Strewn
    Flying Soundlessly Away
    Empty Letterbox
    Broken Fragments
    No Words
    Foreign Land
    Snowflake Words Fall
    Snow-soaked Wound
    Reflection in the Mirror
    Clams’ Laughter
    Song of Love
    Isolated Light
    Disrespectful Children
    Clear Bright Sky
    Meaningless Meaning
    Hymn to a Pine
    One Christmas Eve

    III. Shadows of Things Unseen (1987)

    Nameless Grave
    Shadows of Things Unseen
    Eyes and Ears
    Fallen Leaves
    Why I Can’t Be Happy
    Silent Void
    One Sleepless Night
    Immense One
    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    Cologne Cathedral
    The Ruins of Rome
    Pilgrimage to Cemeteries
    Chartres Cathedral Glimpsed from a Train

    IV. Echoes of the Void (1989)

    Stars’ Rumor
    Public Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts
    The Pain of Writing Poetry
    Before Mother’s Grave
    Little Nightmare
    Too Frightening
    Conversation with a Puppy
    Bird and Gravestone
    Hunting in Snow
    Principles of Nature
    New World
    Stars of Language
    One Life
    Ethiopian Children
    The Stars’ Story
    A Foreign Land
    Poetic Words
    Squirrel, Seagulls, and I on a New England shore
    A Lonely House Dreaming
    Star Debris
    Writing Poems without Meaning
    The Order of the Stars

    V. The Fury of Elephants Raised as Orphans  (2010) 

    The Fury of Elephants Raised as Orphans
    That’s Nothing, Since it’s Nothing
    Things Everlasting
    What Am I Really Hoping For?
    My Meditation
    My Wish


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  • About the Author

    Ynhui Park

    Born in 1930, Ynhui Park graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in French literature and received a PhD in philosophy from the Sorbonne in Paris. After spending 30 years as a professor in France, Germany, Japan, and the United States doing research and teaching the next generation of scholars, he returned to Korea and continued to teach at Pohang University and Yonsei University.
    Renowned around the world for his philosophy and poetry, Park is highly regarded as an original Korean philosopher. He advocates three principles: intellectual transparency, emotional passion, and moral integrity. His writings, which draw upon his vast knowledge and wide experience, are adored by people of all ages. Park has published numerous books, including Roadmap to a Green Korea and The Journey Isn’t Over Yet.

    About the Translator

    Brother Anthony of Taizé

    Born in England, Brother Anthony received his PhD from Oxford University, joining the Taizé Community, a monastic order, in 1969. Later, he came to Korea and worked at Sogang University as an English professor. He became a naturalized citizen of South Korea in 1994. He has published thirty books containing his English translations of Korean poetry and fiction, including work by Ko Un, Seo Jeong-ju, and Ku Sang. He was recognized for his literary efforts in 2008, when he received the Okkwan Literary Medal.


    Ynhui Park’s poems are not difficult; they are usually simple and suggestive, inviting the reader to share an experience of some moment, some scene, in which the underlying void seems to have yielded to value and meaning…. His poems very often re-enact a search for consolation and peace, faced with the meaninglessness and absurdity of human existence.
    Many Korean poems are in some sense poems about being Korean… but his poems are fascinating for their open universality. His anguish is that of the modern world’s consciousness of the cosmic void; his hope cannot be formulated, and yet it remains a hope for the victory of humanity over blind cruelty. His poetry is neither dark nor despairing; instead it is often humorous, light, and fanciful.

    This book was published with the support of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LIT Korea).

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