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'In the Old Days...'

'Flowers of a Moment' cover

This untitled poem is from Ko Un's most recent book,Flowers of a Moment, translated by Brother Anthony of Taize, Young-moo Kim, and Gary Gach. Ko Un grew up in Korea during the Japanese Occupation. During the Korean War, he was conscripted by the People's Army. In 1952, he became a Buddhist and lived a monastic life for ten years.

To mark National Poetry Month, NPR.org is featuring a series of newly published works selected by the . Learn more about this and other titles at the academy's New Spring Books list.

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