This poetry chapbook owes its heat to Ko Un, widely considered South Korea's greatest living poet, and his collection MANINBO or TEN THOUSAND LIVES (Green Integer Press). Ko Un's poems—portraits of people he held in memory as a child, as a monk, and as a political prisoner—brought to mind our people, those individuals who early shaped our take on the world. Collaborating on revision across seven states, we took liberties with each other's words and music, so much that we no longer care to match our names to individual poems.
Cecile Goding is from South Carolina, where she worked in adult literacy programs for some years. Her chapbook, "The Women Who Drink at the Sea," was published by State Street Press. She lives in Iowa City, IA. Ken Autrey, currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, taught writing for many years at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. His chapbooks are "Pilgrims" (Main Street Rag, 2010) and "Rope Lesson" (Longleaf Press, 2013).