Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean The Way of Translation One of the kongan (koan in Japanese) that snsa (Zen masters) frequently o assign their students is "What is your original face?" Would it be farfetched to think that poets too should question the ground of their poetry? Because the ground will determine the essence of their poetry. As there are countless ways to enter truth, there are also countless ways or reasons a poet writes poems. I enter the world of poetry as a traveler on the Way, and I have always thought that my poems are signposts on my journey toward the unknown or the absolute, which cannot be named or described but only grasped intuitively. Poems come to me as a gift mostly when I am at work in the garden, taking a walk, or meditating, and I am like a midwife who delivers poems from the quiet heart. So each poem I receive tells me where I am and how far I have to go on my journey. My teachers or guides in this travel are those sentient or insentient beings who quench my thirst or who awaken my longing for the state in which I am
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 1, 2000
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