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Festival Postscript 3: Book Reading (23 September)

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Festival Postscript 3: Book Reading (23 September)

 

 

 

 

 

Part 1​ 


Poet Lee Young Kwang / Artists: pansori singer Kim So-jin & Drummer Ko Kyung-hwa

 

Enveloped in shade, poet Lee Young Kwang recited his poems “Tambourine in the Shade” and “Cheon-an-Ghost 5.” His serene and 
unsophisticated voice was laced with a Gyeongsang-do accent. Each verse he recited felt thick and heavy. Interspersing the poet’s 
recitations were pansori singer Kim Sojin’s renditions of three of his poems: “A Ghost3,” “Like an Ash Tree” and “The Tree is Going.” 
The pansori singer’s voice flowed to the beat of the traditional Korean drum and had the same tenaciousness that could be felt in 
Lee’s poems. The audience members were careful even of their breath as they watched the performance of Korean sound and beat 
that added to the poetry’s reverberation.

 

 

 

 

 

Poetess Sinéad Morrissey (Britain)

 

Poetess Sinéad explained each of her poems before she recited them. She said she wrote the poems “Lighthouse” and “Through 

the Square Window” in a house that faced the sea. In “Genetics,” she said she attempted to follow a form unique to English poetry. 

Some poems reflected the poet’s socio-historical interests. “The Doctors,” talked about the photo manipulation prevalent during 

Stalin’s regime, while “Photographs of Belfast by Alexander Robert Hogg,” depicted the miserable lives of the laborers who built 

the world’s largest and splendid ships. The poet’s explanations helped the audience members better appreciate the poems. 

Impressed by the poet reciting all her poems from memory, the audience inundated her with rapturous applause.

 

 

 

 

 

Novelist Kim Miwol / Mime: Ko Jae-gyeung

 

Author Kim Miwol read the opening portions of her short story “Dizzy,” until the part where an unintentional mistake of the story’s 
protagonist Dalli, a middle grader who has tender feelings for his homeroom teacher, puts the teacher in a difficult situation. 
The book reading was followed by a mime act. Mime artist Ko Jae-gyeung skipped through time and acted out Dalli’s journey where 
he travels to a fortune teller’s shop where the girl who turned down his proposal said she had seen a shaman who resembled herself. 
The performance covered many scenes but the meticulous rendition of Korea’s top mime artist kept the audience enthralled till 
the very end.

 

 

 

 

 

Novelist G. Ayurzana / Puppet show: Artist Collective San

 

The portion that author G. Ayurzana chose to read from his short story “Snow Romance,” which tells the story of a village buried 
under heavy snowfall, was the part where the immaturity of a couple that gets married too young leads them to a tragic end. 
The author’s reading concluded with the discovery of the young husband’s body outside the snow wall. Artist Collective San’s 
puppet show, which utilized handmade puppets, masks and illustrated visuals, brought to life the story’s mysterious and fantastic 
atmosphere. As the white cloth and snowflakes fluttered on the stage, the audience could sense the pitifulness of an enervated life. 
It was not only the audience who fell in love with the puppet show. G. Ayurzana declared that he wanted to invite San to hold a 
performance in Mongolia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2

 

Poets Kang Jeong and Claude Mouchard (France)

 

Part 2 kicked off with poet Kang Jeong’s self-composed song “Sound of Darkness.” Kang Jeong said that the muscles with which one 
composed poetry were different from those needed to write songs, and so rather than adapting poems he had already written, he 
wrote lyrics to match the melodies he composed. Though he distinguished the composition of poetry from the music composition, 
the same dark aura one felt in his poems could be felt in his music as well. Poet Claude Mouchard recited his poem, “The Frozen 
Man” to the rhythm of Kang Jeong’s guitar. The audience applauded his lively recitation that belied his years. Next, Kang Jeong 
recited his poem, “Room Full of a Host of Butterflies.” After his recitation, the poet revealed the song he had composed after 
agonizing over the Sewol Ferry tragedy. All those present shared the same weight of sadness and distress after hearing his song.

 

 

 

 

 

Poet Cho Yunno and Tarso de Melo (Brazil)

 

Poet Cho Yunno stepped on to the stage barefoot, with an electric guitar in hand, to perform his song, “Chim-jo.” The song was 

interspersed with poet Tarso de Melo’s recitation of three of his poems: “Blue,” “Restless Notebook,” and “Writings.” He recited each 

poem first in the original Portuguese and then in the English translation. It was a unique recitation where one could feel the different 

tones and rhythms of the poems as they were recited in the two languages. After Tarso de Melo exited the stage to the sounds of 

applause, Cho Yunno performed his songs, “The Rabid Dog of Arcadia” and “Enemy.” The participating writers as well as the audience 

were enthralled by his guitar performance and cheered him enthusiastically. Poet Dan Disney gave him high praise by comparing him 

with Jimi Hendrix, while writer Park Seongwon joked that he felt like he was “a cheering fan at a rock concert. Perhaps, it really should 

have been a rock concert,” and mischievously recommended a change of occupation to the poet.

 

 

 

 

 

Poets Kang Jeong and Cho Yunno’s Jam Session / Drums – Han Gwang-jae, Base – Ahn Sang-hyun, Keyboard – Kim Jun-su

 

Poets Kang Jeong and Cho Yunno had formed a band seven years ago. The band’s name underwent changes three or four times, 
but they performed on stage only twice. After a long gap, the two poets shared the stage once more at the 2014 SIWF. Seeing poet 
Kang Jeong crackling with energy while brandishing the mike and cavorting around the stage made one wish he had a bigger stage 
on which to perform.
 
And thus, the curtain came down on the first day of book readings and performances to the sounds of ringing applause and cheers.

 

 

 

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