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Grass in front of Seoul Plaza Hotel

Seoul,
lonely summer evening,
deep in the confines of Gangbuk.

Lifting tired feet from cracked pavement,
sleeping on the grass
in front of City Hall.

Watching the trapped tigers
in the Plaza Hotel coffee shop.

Looking West towards
Deoksugung, an ant
bending a blade of grass.

Acrobatic children
jumping through
assymetrical fountains.

Wandering in time, deep
in the heart of a summer
long since forgotten.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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