Poetry

  • A collage of two images by Alex Majoli, created by Daria Birang. Courtesy of Cherry Trees Gallery (Megève, France).
       By Alain Mabanckou
    A collage of two images by Alex Majoli, created by Daria Birang. Courtesy of Cherry Trees Gallery (Megève, France). To honor Mabanckou on the occasion of his visit to the University of...
  • A stream in Veracruz.
    A stream in Pico de Orizaba, Veracruz. Photo by Anwar Vazquez/Flickr xxxviii  Then they landed in large pastures, light aircraftsof gringo registrationfrom which so...
  • A splash in dark water. Photo by Julian Böck/Unsplash
    Photo by Julian Böck/Unsplash (Heavy Water #74: going down) i. the version of my father’s brother’s drowning i was raised on and preferis the one in which his frie...
  •  Kathy Vargas (b. 1950, San Antonio), Oración: Valentine’s Day / Day of the Dead [Hand], ca. 1989–90, gelatin silver print with hand-coloring, 24x20 in.
       By Luis Lorente
    Kathy Vargas (b. 1950, San Antonio), Oración: Valentine’s Day / Day of the Dead [Hand], ca. 1989–90, gelatin silver print with hand-coloring, 24x20 in. You must know, Lord, who was...
  • Jay Wright
       By Jay Wright
    The instrument did not choose this ceremony.My mother offered me five strings, nounswithout a grammar.I left my mother’s emptiness, to embrace my own.Whose darkness sits in the north,if no one can si...
  • A woman walking over rocks with bare feet.
    Photo by Jordan Whitt/Unsplash U k’a’ajsaj a tuukul Kin k’áatiktuntimbáe’Bix a máan a ta’ak a wichtu bo’oy táanxel t’aanilKa’ a wa’al ma’atan a na’atik u t’aan Yum Iik’.  A yuume’tu yu’ubaj a tsikb...
  • Kathy Vargas (b. 1950, San Antonio), Oración: Valentine’s Day / Day of the Dead [Rib Cage], ca. 1989–90, gelatin silver print with hand-coloring, 24x20 in. Vargas writes, “This series began as a remembrance of friends who recently died of AIDS.”
       By Charo Guerra
    Kathy Vargas (b. 1950, San Antonio), Oración: Valentine’s Day / Day of the Dead [Rib Cage], ca. 1989–90, gelatin silver print with hand-coloring, 24x20 in. Vargas writes, “This ser...
  • An open window with loose white curtains
    i There is no possible house any longer.If there ever wasa first one mentioned,she is now in ruins and does not await returns,or transient guests still confusedwho arrive weary to scrutinize the dus...
  • Photo by Paula Goodale
       By Ana Blandiana
    Photo by Paula Goodale   Thistles and Gods Thistles and gods all withered in the sunLike the blanched remains of temples,Long and slender skeletons,Irrevocable examplesOf the burden of being immorta...
  • Tomasz Różycki
      In a Warm Bed (An Alba) by Tomasz Różycki In a warm bed, the minute just before dawn.A blackbird has woken up and is tracinga figure eight outside the window. Belowthe sound again of unkno...
  • Image courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project
       By Lee Young-Kwang
    Image courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project as if a drunken body carried by handcart placed in a comfortable room, the coffinis now being lowered  sutra engraved on the lidthough t...
  • Photo: Himanshu Nerurkar
    Photo: Himanshu Nerurkar  The Ant Let it go back to the anthill.  If it brushes inattentively against your fingersclimbs themand daydreamsin the furrows of your hand,don’t chase it away or squash it...
  • Willendorf Venus Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria. © Jorge Royan / http://www.royan.com.ar / CC BY-SA 3.0
    Willendorf Venus Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria. © Jorge Royan /  commons.wikimedia.org Night is coming on.Pirate flags, family pictures,superhero figuresand the image of Venus de Willendor...
  • What One Leaf Tells
       By Ming Di
    What One Leaf Tells In the wind, questions to heaven bang the white poplar. Answers fracture – a thousand white leaves. A thousand blameless mouths. A thousand. Ten thousand colorless excuses; I p...
  • Photo by Renate Dodell
    Photo by Renate Dodell These are the closed doors of a hotel hallway. What once were dreams, what life will one day be. She dares to ask. Room 217 looks like a sunny Caribbean isle, like a shipw...
  • Midtown panorama. Photo by Kenneth Dellaquila
       By Amit Majmudar
    Photo by Kenneth Dellaquila   Language Barrier “When you tell them about their own bodies,” My mentor told me, “realize Their anatomy is Greek to them. Their pupils dilate, pulses rise With all t...
  • Photo by Benjamin Jakabek Photography
    Photo by Benjamin Jakabek Photography alone i will live alone in a room with two birds, a cat and three flowers. in the mornings we will wake with blue eyes. in the...
  • Photo by Zvika Melamed
    Photo by Zvika Melamed   Song of the Younger Brother   1 I can think of nothing but the little one, the younger brother. He holds his father’s hand. Peering into the camera, h...
  • A simurgh (a monstrous mythical bird with the power of reasoning and speech). From Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing, by al-Qazwīnī (d. 1283/682). Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine, Islamic Medical Manuscripts collection.
    A simurgh (a monstrous mythical bird with the power of reasoning and speech). From Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing, by al-Qazwīnī (d. 1283/682). Courtesy...
  •    By Feyziyye
    Photo: Clarissa Bell To the Children of War Mornings, they run from the dark along the length of the seashore.Like an iron sword beaten by a blacksmith, the sun reddensas their feet strike the groun...
  • Dark room.
       By Elnaz Eyvaz
    Photo: Robert S. Donovan   A Man’s Confession This is not simply loneliness. Your absenceis a terrible and bitter thing.Every night when I return, throwopen the front door, leavebehind all other amu...
  • A placid see white clouds and sunset lighting
       By Jale Ismayil
    Photo: Unsplash   We Shall Manage     for Rabiqe, who doesn’t like to read sad poems our teardrops will drywe shall forget even the easiest of rebellions – rebellion against God we shall fo...
  • Bronze statue in Baku’s Fountain Square of a young woman in contemporary attire talking on a mobile phone, erected in 2014.
    Bronze statue in Baku’s Fountain Square of a young woman in contemporary attire talking on a mobile phone, erected in 2014. Photo: Alison Mandaville I have broken a cup There is an ache in every cor...
  • Bird Tracks
    Photo: Stefan Schweihofer I Scatter Bread Crumbs to the Sparrows From my palms spills the joy of sparrows.I call them to the crumbs, Come quickly! and Who will be first?Their frozen bills w...
  • Archipelago. Photo: Kris Williams
    Photo: Kris Williams/Flickr Archipelago The enigma is some other thing – no gods live here Just men and the sea, immovable inheritance.   Undeniable By dowry I received you at birth and I recogniz...

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