The Post interviewed Lee Jung-ha, a poet who is well known for his anthologies You Are Beautiful But I Am Tearful and One Man I Loved, and for volumes of collected prose such as During We Live A Life and Scenery of the Longing Day. Since he debuted in 1987, he has published nine volumes of collected poems and prose. He looks much younger than his age. It seems that the feeling of love in his work is derived from his various kinds of experience, and proves "If one falls in love, one might become young." He greeted me with a smile. ........................................................Ed.
Post: You published a new volume of collected prose, Scenery of the Longing Day. Tell us your own thoughts about this work...
Lee: Our contemporaries feel that their lives are so boring and annoying. And they are bothered by the excessive competition among people. As time goes by, we are absorbed in egotism and materialism. This leads people to feel the life to be so pessimistic and gloomy about their lives. I wish that the dim memory of our childhood would occur to my readers through this work. We used to smile while memorizing in our childhood. If we look back on childhood, beautiful scenery appears in our mind and adds cheerfulness to our current life. I want my work to free those memories and remind us how beautiful life should be.
Post: You have written many poems about love. Why have you dealt with love?
Lee: I like to write about matters that all of us can share and feel together. Of all the feelings and emotions that flow through my mind, love precludes all of them. Love leads to joy or to sorrow. And we become mature through it. So, I adopt love as my subject matter because I can meet my readers through that emotion.
Post: Your books are always bestsellers in book stores. Why do your books appeal to readers?
Lee: I don't know the exact reason why my books are popular among readers. I think that a writer who attracts people's attention has a sense of competence. A good writer guides you into another world that readers have not known. And they have a keen view on something that others are likely to pass by. Moreover, a writer should have his/her own scent that leads readers into the world of their memorial days. My writing seems to stir a vague nostalgia for their bygone days. I think that my books provide a chance for them to reflect on passed days and stir their sentiments.
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