Dawn of Labor

ebook Hawai'i Studies on Korea

By Park Nohae

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Dawn of Labor, at last translated into English, is the legendary South Korean poet Park Nohae's first collection, published in 1984 when he was twenty-seven years old. Despite a government ban, the book sold a million copies and propelled Park Nohae as the generation's leading resistance poet. Dawn of Labor is an enduring classic that shook a society, transformed lives, and demonstrated the power of poetry.
The war of night labor once over,
I pour cold soju over my aching heart.
Ah . . . I can't go on like this for long.
For sure, I can't go on like this.
—"Dawn of Labor"
If I ever kill myself, I'll probably do it at dawn.
—"For a Peaceful Evening"
We too want to become heaven.
Not a dark clouded heaven
that presses down,
but a clear blue heaven
over a world that lifts one another.

Dawn of Labor