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The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems (First Edition)

Ko Un (author); Gary Snyder (foreword)

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ISBN 10: 0520246128 / ISBN 13: 9780520246126
Published by University of California Press, 2006
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Title: The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems (First ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition....

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Ko Un, the preeminent Korean poet of the twentieth century, embraces Buddhism with the versatility of a master Taoist sage. A beloved cultural figure who has helped shape contemporary Korean literature, Ko Un is also a novelist, literary critic, ex-monk, former dissident, and four-time political prisoner. His verse—vivid, unsettling, down-to-earth, and deeply moving—ranges from the short lyric to the vast epic and draws from a poetic reservoir filled with memories and experiences ranging over seventy years of South Korea's tumultuous history from the Japanese occupation to the Korean war to democracy. This collection, an essential sampling of his poems from the last decade of the twentieth century, offers in deft translation, as lively and demotic as the original, the off-beat humor, mystery, and mythic power of his work for a wide audience of English-speaking readers. It showcases the work of a man whom Allen Ginsberg has called "a magnificent poet, a combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate political libertarian, and naturalist historian," who Gary Snyder has said is "a real-world poet!" who "outfoxes the Old Masters and the young poets both," and who Lawrence Ferlinghetti has described as "no doubt the greatest living Korean Zen poet today."

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"These poems have magic."—Willis Barnstone, author of Sweetbitter Love: Poems of Sappho

"Ko Un's work springs from a passionate dedication to the task of making whole again the narratives of the disrupted lives of Korea's people. No one has done more for what is coming gradually but ever more clearly to be recognized as Korea's literature of the twenty-first century."—David McCann, Director of the Korea Institute at Harvard University

"Ko Un is a crucial poet for the twenty-first century and this is an enormously fresh and vivid translation."—Robert Hass

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