A decade in the making, Jaihiun Kim's 'Modern Korean Verse in Sijo Form' offers what will be the twentieth century's definitive collection of sijo. Kim begins with the work of Nam-son Ch'oe in the early 20th century and brings the collection up to date with recent poems from Chi-yob Yi and P'il-gon Kim. Similar to the Japanese haiku in its brevity and imagery, Korean sijo has shown itself to be remarkably responsive to contemporary concerns. Employing the modern idiom but retaining a hint of Eastern tonality, Kim offers Westerners a rich and rare reading experience. Kim includes an essay on the history and practice of sijo poetry.
Jaihiun Kim is Professor of English literature at the University of Ajou, Korea. He is himself a poet, with numerous volumes in both Korean and English to his credit. He is well known for his many volumes of translations both from Korean into English and from English into Korean.