From the publisher’s website:
This selection of Moon Dok-su’s poems includes some eighty of his poems chosen from among a dozen different books and magazines. These poems cover a variety of subjects and show Moon’s perception of the world as well as his modernistic approach to poetic inspiration.
He paints landscapes unseen in traditional Korean poetic scenes – landscapes made up of barbed wires, electric gadgets, machinery, elevators, automobiles, concrete buildings, and the likes that often assume novel and bizarre appearances amid traditional and habitual landscapes. His poetry also shows his lyric impulses and his strong attachment to Korean poetic tradition.
Born in Korea in 1928, Moon Dok-su has published sixteen volumes of poetry and several volumes of literary criticism. He is a member of the Korea Academy of Arts, has served as Chairman of the Korea Culture and Arts Foundation and President of the Korea Chapter of International P.E.N. He also served as president and organizer of the 12th World Congress of Poets held in Seoul in 1990.
Moon Dok-su has won numerous literary distinctions including the Modern Literature Award, the P.E.N. Literary Prize, the Korea Culture and Arts Award, and the Modern Poets Award.