"Blank Paper 2 " by Shin Dalja

Blank Paper 2



Cut the gullet

deplume and

gut it

clean it in water, then place on a white plate

there you have a whole raw chicken

Oh no!

For a spell I was looking for something to write with.




Translated by Cho Young-Shil


Shin Dalja is a member of the National Academy of Arts, and has served as the chair of the Society of Korean Poets. She has received the Republic of Korea’s Eungwan (Silver Crown) Order of Cultural Merit, the Chong Chi-Yong Literature Prize, the Daesan Literary Award, and the Gong Cho Literature Award. Her poetry collection Paper has been translated into Mongolian and Spanish, and Passionate Love into German.