"The Twentieth Century" by Kim Nam Jo

The Twentieth Century



I loved the Twentieth Century.


I met my life as my betrothed

and through my life-studies

(fated to begin most miserably

on fields of war and death)

I was awakened to pure and passionate yearning

and the nobility of life.


I loved the Twentieth Century.

I loved its shuddering, suffering, and trembling hope.

I loved the sublime loneliness of my contemporaries,

those talented people, distant as stars

and quite as beautiful,

with their su...