This book is a collection of 45 essays by a Korean poet Ra Heeduk, containing the photos of walking trails in South Korea and other countries.
- Book Intro
Ra Heeduk has put the ordinary landscape of her daily life into words, making them shine as a pearl found in a mudflat. If capturing fleeting moments through one's own eyes and interpreting all the mysterious things in the world with language is what poets do, they will catch what they see even while walking the trails through their delicate and warm glances.
Ra saw the back of an old man walking with a cane, the back of an old woman sitting in the shade, and the back of a couple hugging each other, and thought of the frail back that all humans have. A person who lives on the streets with a dog and the “mother of pigeons” who displays pigeons made of felt also prompted the poet to feel the warm hearts of people that care about animals. Ra has occasionally followed the footsteps of artists who lived miserable lives and died young, such as Franz Kafka, Van Gogh, and Anne Frank. Ra also encountered an old man in Sorokdo Island who had stunted fingers from leprosy and a treasure hunter who was searching for something at a beach on a summer night.
The landscape, people, and objects that the poet has portrayed all have their own distinctive colors and stories. The poet’s eyes havev captured scenes that one may easily pass by. The things that are around us but not so noticeable shine brightly in this book and catch our eyes. The scenes reinterpreted by the poet and put into poetic words will also touch readers deeply inside their hearts without any exaggeration or flowery description.
- About the Author
South Korea. Ra graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in Korean Literature and received her PhD from the graduate school of the same name. Ra Heeduk started her career as a poet in 1989 with her poem Dear Roots winning the annual spring literary contest by Joongang Ilbo. Collections of poems created by Ra Heeduk include Dear Roots and The Word Soaks the Leaf. Anthologies of poetry created by Ra include To Her. Collections of poetic critiques created by Ra include Where Does Purple Come from and A Bowl of Poets. Collections of essays created by Ra include A Half Bucket of Water and Remember Those Lights. Throughout her career, Ra Heeduk has won various awards including the Kim Sooyeong Literary Award, Kim Daljin Literary Award, Today’s Young Artist Award, Hyundai Literary Award, Yi San Literary Award, Sowol Poetic Literary Award, Jihoon Award, Imhwa Literary Art Award, and Midang Literary Award. Currently, Ra is a professor of Literary Creation at Chosun University.
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