"The Galaxy Beauty Salon" by Kim San

The Galaxy Beauty Salon


by Kim San



There is a woman who could be an elf.

Colliding with an unnamed planet, her home shattered.

To recover the shambles of her household

in the middle of the night

with only a pair of shears in her hands

she ran off to the planet called Earth.

She wets my dry hair,

and shuck-shuckexpertly cuts my hair.

The woman trims the worries that branched out over a month.

She looks from left to right at the thoughts that grew out asymmetrically

and evens them out, centering me.

Occasionally flower-words bl...

Kim San debuted in 2007 by winning the New Poet Prize awarded by the literary journal The Poet’s World. His first poetry collection, KiKi, was published in 2011. He received a writing grant from the Daesan Foundation in 2013, and the Jeju 4·3 Peace Prize in 2016 for Rope.