TSomething a little different, a somewhat mythological piece, though the hero of the poem is a dog, my dog, who you may recognize from other poems of mine. i am sure many of you may know what this is a parody of. Boreum's fight with the Sea At first the sea retreated. clenched its face [...]
so proud to call this man my friend. i’ll keep this short as there is so much inside waiting for you to learn & i should not take up your time with my praises that could fill an ocean.
This past November, I gave a TEDx talk on Jeju Island, where I’ve been documenting shamanic shrine culture for the past five years, as you well know if you follow my page. I talk about my video and photography work and the importance of preserving sacred spaces, many of which are in danger on Jeju Island as well as world wide. I made my own version of the Tedx talk because the audio of the original is not so good and some of the content was cut during the editing. Here is my version. Please share!
Text of the talk in English with Korean translation:
SHAMANIC SHRINES THAT HEAL
I have been documenting shamanic shrine worship on Jeju Island, South Korea, for the last five years. Jeju Island is a beautiful, once more remote place than it is today located about 60 kilometers south of mainland South Korea…
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i have quite a few stories in this vein that i have heard either from the horses mouth [Daesa-nim] or those that know the horse. i am trying to recollect them for poems. this is just one of those stories that really stands out for me. for those who want to call bull crap on [...]
this was an actual vision/dream i had one autumn while visiting Daesa-nim some years back now. i had been guiding three South Africans around the village & up the mountain all afternoon. then i was left alone before dinner, the weather fine & my eye lids heavy, i went up to a pavillion Daesa-nim built, [...]
this is a recent post on what a real shaman is. if you are following the political turmoil in Korea at the moment you may be being misled that Choi Soon-sil is a shaman. here Joey Rositano whose photographs i have already introduced to you explains why she is not. please consider following him & [...]
i am over the moon to report that the poet Jose Angel Araguz, author of the beautiful, aphoristic The Book of Flight, has published one of my poems 해녀, alongside photographs by the mythographer, filmmaker & photographer of Joey Rositano, on his blog thefridayinfluence. you have perhaps read about my admiration of Jose's work before that [...]
i made a recent hike up to ask the goddess for context. i wrote this poem a while back now, but as she answered my request i submit this poem, in genuflect thanks. (all photos by yours truly.) historical episodes from the life of Halla Mt in her youth, she leaked supple magma from her [...]