Monday, May 27, 2019

Escape from . . .

The Korean poet Kim Seung-hee says that "Korea is a Karaoke Room" from which one must try to escape. Professor Kim Seong-kon translates an attempted escape:
Alone, you escape the karaoke room
The glittering red neon lights
Have engulfed the night and stars
Wiping tears, you come to realize
That karaoke rooms are ubiquitous
Nothing exists beyond the karaoke room
And Korea is a karaoke room.
There is no escape. Like in "The Cube." I mean a drama production from the sixties and seventies.

For more of the professor's column, see this TKH link.



At 1:52 PM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I'm not sure whether "Karaoke Room Joseon" has the same ring as "Hell Joseon." That said, I can vouch that a karaoke room is a special form of hell.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Noraebang Hell, maybe?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:05 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

This would make a fine epigraph for one of your novellas, which could feature your usual protagonist launching forth from a Korean karaoke room into a metaphysical wonderland, where all sorts of disagreeable things happen.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'd be Korea's answer to Murakami Haruki.

Jeffery Hodges

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