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수박을 먹는 여섯 가지 방법

수박을 먹는 여섯 가지 방법
Original work 吃西瓜的六種方法:羅青詩選
Author Lo Ching
Translator 김태성
Publisher 실천문학사
Publication year 2000
   Page 234
Language Korean
ISBN/ISSN 89-392-0399-2
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How to Eat a Watermelon' incidentally not only represented my view on poetry at the time, but also touched upon the essence of my writing. Of course, there is no set method in eating a watermelon, but the catch is that with not even a single way to eat a watermelon, we cannot proceed to eat it at all. Similarly, in life as with watermelons, there is no ‘one way’ by which to live, but the catch in this instance is that without any sort of ‘a way to live’, life is somehow void of any significance. By the same token, there is no proper way to create a work, but void of ‘any way’, what is written will simply be an intelligible mess of words. ‘How to Eat a Watermelon’ is about how to create, how to write poetry, how to live and how to be a human being. There are thousands and millions of methods in ‘the way’, each with multifarious variations, and yet each to his own. Eating a watermelon has to begin with a desire to eat the watermelon; otherwise it’s as if the watermelon does not even exist. Thus, I wrote Six Ways to Eat a Watermelon, and effectively disclosed only five ways, with the undisclosed sixth left for the reader to discover for himself/herself and then fill in the gap. The reason that I started with Method 5, counting down to Method 1 and ending with ‘Eat now, talk later and all will be revealed’ is that I was hoping the reader will keep counting till zero, understand? The figure 0 is precisely the shape of a watermelon, is it not?

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