The poem, by a girl named Lee, is titled "On a Day You Don't Want to Go to Hakwon."
The poem reads:
When you don't want to go to hakwon, like this
Chew and eat your mom Boil and eat her, bake and eat her Spoon her eyeballs and eat them, Pick out all of her teeth Tear her hair out Turn her into lean meat and eat as soup If she sheds tears, lick them up Eat her heart last
So it's the most painful.
Kim Suk Boon, an official with the publishing company, initially defended the poetry book as "art" that the company chose not to modify, but the company later said the books would be recalled and destroyed after numerous complaints from parents.
"After the holiday ends on May 6, starting from early in the morning, we will retrieve the collection of poems. The ones posted online will also be taken down as quickly as possible," the company announced.
Lee's poem is not the only entry in the book to include acts of matricide -- A Single Dog also contains a poem called "The Cannibal Doll," about a child whose mother is eaten by a knife-wielding doll.