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Manoa 14.2 (2002-2003) 169

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Looking Up the Oregon Coast

Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean

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A few rocks
here and there
on the southern Oregon coast
are like
a rock garden in the sea.

Refreshed by this simple beauty
I am ready to continue
on a journey
of another thousand miles.


Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean was a poet, essayist, and translator who was born in Korea and came to the United States in the sixties. She translated into Korean the works of Krishnamurti, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Czeslaw Milosz, and Gary Snyder. With her American husband, she translated into English the Korean poet Pak Nam-Su. Her poem in this volume is from A Hummingbird's Dance (Parallax Press, 1994), which renders a life suffused with Buddhist spirituality and deep compassion. In 2000, Ok-Koo passed away after a long illness.

"The Autumn Sky," "Cotton Flowers," and "Looking Up the Oregon Coast" by Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean. Reprinted from A Hummingbird's Dance, © 1993 by Ok-Koo Kang Grosjean with permission of Parallax Press, Berkeley, California,



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