New Zealand / A small island / Next to Australia

by Toby Manhire / 09 October, 2012
An intriguing new Korean poetry volume carries the title "New Zealand".
Maybe it's a distant effort to clamber aboard the Frankfurt Book Fair waka.

A book of poetry with the title New Zealand has been published in - of all places - South Korea.

And it has caught the attention of the English-language Korea Times, which gushes:

Kang In-suk's first poetry book, New Zealand, is beautiful from the front cover to the back, portraying a young woman facing a distant island in the blue ocean. The art work on the cover represents the 60 poems inside the book ― a sister's love and prayers for her younger brother's new life in New Zealand.


I'm sure you'll agree there's something irresistible about the opening stanza of the titular poem.

Here it is, in full:

New Zealand


A small island


Next to Australia


In the South Pacific.

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