The following poem is from Brother Anthony, a monk of the Taize order, who also happens to be Professor at Sogang University in Seoul. He is British, but has lived in Seoul for since 1980 and is a remarkable translator and author. He has offered the non-Korean speaking community some wonderful exposure to Korean literature. I always read his work whenever it appeared in newspapers or magazines. I encourage you to go to his website and have a look around.


Earth’s dream and drift

the globe in revolution

pursues its destined course

leaving the blood to dry

that seeps from all the wounds

lacerations in its sides

work of strange creatures

intent on mutual battle

The earth is silent dumb

no complaint trails behind it

the sun pretends to doze

Such incredible anonymity :the earth’s timidity

the sun’s indifference

By Michael Gallagher

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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