Ko Un
 
For his keen sensitivity, outstanding powers of intuition, the breadth and depth of his imagination and his skillful use of language, as well as the maturity of his understanding of human life, Ko Un is widely acknowledged to be Korea's foremost contemporary poet.
Ko Un has written far more than any other Korean poet, and manifested an immense diversity: epigrams of a couple of lines, long discursive poems; epic; pastoral; and even a genre of poems he has himself created, which we may term the popular-historical poem, in Maninbo(Ten Thousand Lives). Maninbo was completed with 4001 poems in 30 volumes in 2010.
He wants to make his entire life, even his grave, a poem, while refusing to let himself be imprisoned by the effort to write poetry as an end itself. So far he is estimated to have published more than 140 books.

If asked why I write poems, I still haven't found the answer.
Works
Poetry
Other World Sensibility (Seoul: Chong Woo, 1960)
Seaside Poems (Seoul: Shinku, 1966)
God, Last Village of Languages (Seoul: Minumsa, 1967)
Nirvana & Sentence to Death (1963, 1969), (Seoul: Chong Ha, 1988)
Senoya, Senoya: Little Songs (Seoul: Shinjinmoonwhasa, 1969)
At Munui Village (Seoul: Minumsa, 1974)
Going into Mountain Seclusion (Seoul: Minumsa, 1977)
The Continent (Seoul: Chong Ha, (1977/1988)
Early Morning Road (Seoul: Changbi, 1978)
Homeland Stars (Seoul: Changbi, 1984)
Pastoral Poems (Seoul: Minumsa, 1986)
Fly High, Poems! ( Seoul: Practice and Literature, 1986)
The Person Who Should Leave (Seoul: Minumsa, 1986)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 1 (Seoul, Changbi, 1986)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 2 (Seoul, Changbi, 1986)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 1 (Seoul, Changbi, 1987)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 2 (Seoul, Changbi, 1987)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 3 (Seoul, Changbi, 1987)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 4 (Seoul, Changbi, 1987)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 5 (Seoul, Changbi, 1987)
Your Eyes (Seoul: Changbi, 1988)
My Evening (Seoul: Korean Literature, 1988)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 6 (Seoul, Changbi, 1988)
A Big March on That Day (Seoul: Jonyewon, 1988)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 7 (Seoul, Changbi, 1989)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 8 (Seoul, Changbi, 1989)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 9 (Seoul, Changbi, 1989)
Morning Dew (Seoul: Dong A, 1990)
One Thousand Years of Cry and Love: Lyrical Poems for Mountain Paektu (Seoul: Hansaem, 1990)
For Tears (Seoul: Pulbit, 1990)
Sea Diamond Mountain (Seoul: Hangil, 1991)
What: a Collection of Zen Poems ( Seoul: Chong Ha, 1991)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 3 (Seoul, Changbi, 1991)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 4 (Seoul, Changbi, 1991)
Songs in the Street (Seoul: Korean Literature, 1991)
Songs for Tomorrow (Seoul: Changbi, 1992)
The Road Ahead (Seoul: Modern Literature, 1993)
Songs for Body (Seoul: Dong A, 1994), collaboration with French poet Allain Jouffrroy
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 5 (Seoul: Changbi, 1994)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 6 (Seoul: Changbi, 1994)
Mountain Paekdu, vol. 7 (Seoul: Changbi, 1994)
Dokdo Island (Seoul: Changbi, 1995)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 10 (Seoul: Changbi, 1996)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 11 (Seoul: Changbi, 1996)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 12 (Seoul: Changbi, 1996)
A Memorial Stone (Seoul: Minumsa, 1997)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 13 (Seoul: Changbi, 1997)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 14 (Seoul: Changbi, 1997)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 15 (Seoul: Changbi, 1997)
Whisper (Seoul: Practice and Literature, 1998)
Far, Far Journey: an epic (Seoul: Literature and Thought. 1999)
South and North (Seoul: Changbi, 2000)
Himalaya Poems (Seoul: Minumsa, 2000)
Flowers of a Moment (Seoul: Munhakdongnye, 2001)
Poetry Left Behind (Seoul: Chagnbi, 2002)
The Late Songs (Seoul: Minumsa, 2002)
Young People(Seoul: Gimmyoungsa, 2002)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 16 (Seoul: Changbi, 2004)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 17 (Seoul: Changbi, 2004)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 18 (Seoul: Changbi, 2004)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 19 (Seoul: Changbi, 2004)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 20 (Seoul: Changbi, 2004)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 21 (Seoul: Changbi, 2006)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 22 (Seoul: Changbi, 2006)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 23 (Seoul: Changbi, 2006)
Full of Shame (Seoul: Poetics, 2006)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 24 (Seoul: Changbi, 2007)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 25 (Seoul: Changbi, 2007)
Ten Thousand Lives, vol. 26 (Seoul: Changbi, 2007)
Empty Space (2009)
Ten Thousnad Lives, vol. 27 (Seoul: Changbi, 2010)
Ten Thousnad Lives, vol. 28 (Seoul: Changbi, 2010)
Ten Thousnad Lives, vol. 29 (Seoul: Changbi, 2010)
Ten Thousnad Lives, vol. 30 (Seoul: Changbi, 2010)
Where Has My Frontier Gone? (Seoul: Changbi, 2011)
SangWha Poems: Love on the Planet (Seoul: Changbi, 2011)
Untitled Poems (Seoul, Changbi, 2013)
Invocation of the Spirits of the Dead, (Seoul: Changbi, 2016)
Novel
Cherry Tree in Other World (Seoul: Shintaeyang, 1961), later republished as A Shattered Name (Seoul: Hankookmunhak, 1977)
Eclipse (Seoul: Yemoonkwan, 1974)
A Little Traveler (Seoul: Yemoonkwan, 1974)
Night Tavern: A Collection of Short Stories (Seoul: Madang, 1983)
The Wanderers: Hansan and Seupduk (Seoul: Hanjin, 1978)
Be a Pain beyond the Mountains: a Collection of Short Stories (Seoul: Eun Ae, 1980), later republished as A Certain Boy: A Collection of Short Stories (Seoul: Changjakyesulsa, 1984)
September Illness & Cloud around March (Seoul: Chong Ha, 1988)
The Garland Sutra--Little Pilgrim (Seoul: Minumsa, 1991)
Their Field (Seoul: Book World, 1992)
The Desert I Made (Seoul: Book World, 1992)
Chongsun Arirang (Seoul: Butimmok, 1995)
The Wanderer Poet Kim, vol. 1 (Seoul: Pulbit, 1995)
The Wanderer Poet Kim, vol. 2 (Seoul: Pulbit, 1995)
The Wanderer Poet Kim, vol. 3 (Seoul: Pulbit, 1995)
Zen: A Novel, vol. 1 (Seoul: Changbi, 1995)
Zen: A Novel, vol. 2 (Seoul: Changbi, 1995)
Mountain Sumi, vol. 1 (Seoul: Daewonjongsa, 1999)
Mountain Sumi, vol. 2 (Seoul: Daewonjongsa, 1999)
Literary Criticism & Research
Bibliographical Introduction of Banyaparamita Mind Sutra (Seoul: Sŏn Center, 1961)
The Road to Buddhism (Seoul: Sŏn Center, 1961)
Bibliographical Introduction of Diamond Sutra (Seoul: Yonhwadang, 1976)
Intellectuals in Korea (Seoul: Samjungdang, 1976)
Literature and People (Seoul: Hangilsa, 1986)
Poetry and Reality (Seoul: Practice and Literature, 1986)
Leaves Out and Make a Blue Mountain (Seoul: Koryowon, 1988)
Twilight and Avant-Garde (Seoul: Minumsa, 1990)
History is Dreaming (Seoul: Pulbit, 1990)
Diamond Sutra I Go With (Seoul: East Land, , 1993)
Morning with Poetry (Seoul: Joong Ang M&B, 1999)
Prose
Man is Born to be Sad (Seoul: Minumsa, 1967)
Sunset on the G-String (Seoul: Youngjin, 1968)
Things that Make Us Sad (Seoul: Changjosa, 1968)
Where Shall We Meet Again, and What Shall We Be?-A Message of Despair (Seoul: Chung Ang Publishing Co., 1970)
An Era is Passing Through (Seoul: Dong Hwa, 1971)
The 1950s (Seoul: Minumsa, 1973)
For Disillusionment (Seoul: Sanjungdang, 1976)
On a Secular Road (Seoul: Sejongmunhwasa, 1977)
With History, With Sorrow (Seoul: Hangilsa, 1977)
For Love (Seoul: Jonyewon, 1978)
For Truth (Seoul: Saebyok, 1978)
For the Poor (Seoul: Hanjin Publishers, 1978)
Penance on the Way to the Horizon (Seoul: Yejokak, 1979)
My Unnamable Spirituals (Seoul: Yejokak, 1979)
Age of Despair & Hope(Seoul: Dongkwang, 1985)
You and I on Earth (Seoul: Paekminsa, 1985)
Flowers from Suffering (Seoul: Hangilsa, 1986)
Correspondence from Ko Un (Seoul: Chosunilbosa, 1989)
Wandering and Running at Full Speed (Seoul: Mihaksa, 1989)
How Much I Wandered from Field to Field (Seoul: Woongjin, 1991)
Meditation in the Wilderness (Seoul: Dong A, 1993)
Truth Seeker (Seoul: Bumwoosa, 1993)
I Don't Want to Become Awakened (Seoul: Haengbok, 1993)
At the Living Plaza (Seoul: Shinwonmunwhasa, 1997)
The Road Has Traces of Those Who Went Before (Seoul: Maju, 2001)
A Dialect in the Universe (Seoul: Minumsa, 2007)
Forest of Ideas ((Seoul: Sinwonmunhwasa, 2009))
Today I Still Walk (Seoul: Sinwonmunhwasa, 2009)
I Was Torrential Streams (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2010)
My Life, My Poetry: Fifty Years Containing One Hundred Years (Seoul: Seoul National University Press, 2010)
Moonlight over Two Centuries (Seoul: Hangilsa, 2012)
Wind’s Thought (Seoul: Hangilsa, 2012)


Travel Book
Pilgrimage to Old Temples: My Country, My Wandering (Seoul: Sedae, 1974)
Cheju Island (Seoul: Iljisa, 1975)
A Trip to India (Seoul: dong A, 1993)
The People Who Resemble Their Land (Seoul: Hyohyung, 1998)-a collaboration
Mountains and Rivers, My Mountains and Rivers (Seoul: 1999)
Children's Book
Sunset Glow on the River Ganges (Seoul: Kyemongsa, 1976)
I am a Country Dog (Seoul: Samsung, 1997)
Songs for ChaRyong (Seoul: East Land, 1997)
Spook on a Rainy Day (Seoul, Sunshine, 1986) --collaboration
Biography
A Critical Biography of Yi Jung-Sŏp (Seoul: Minumsa, 1973)
A Critical Biography of the Poet Yi Sang (Seoul: Minumsa, 1973)
A Critical Biography of Han Yong-Un (Seoul: Minumsa, 1975)
Autobiography
Son of Yellow Soil: My Childhood (Seoul: Hangilsa, 1986)
I, Ko Un, Vol. 1 (Seoul: Minumsa, 1993)
I, Ko Un, Vol. 2 (Seoul: Minumsa, 1993)
I, Ko Un, Vol. 3 (Seoul: Minumsa, 1993)
My Bronze Period (Seoul: Minumsa, 1995)
Translation
Selected Poems of the Tang Dynasty (Seoul: Minumsa, 1974)
Selected Poems of Tufu (Seoul: Minumsa, 1974)
Chosa: Selected Poems by Kulwon (Seoul: Minumsa, 1975)
Selected Poems form The Book of Odes (Seoul: Minumsa, 1976)
Edition
Nation's Poems and Songs (Seoul: Dong A, 1987)
Collected Poems of Kim Nam Ju ((Seoul: 1988)
Ah, You Have Flied Like a Mountain Bird (Seoul: Dong A, 1989)
At Sunst, Wind from South is Stirring (Seoul: Dong A, 1989)
Clouds Only Flow up to North (Seoul: Dong A, 1989)
Silence of Love: Selected Poems of Han Yong Un (Seoul: 1988)
Let's Live a Death: Selected Poems of Rev. Moon Ik Whan (Seoul: 1986)