POETRY

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Photo: Vincent Brassinne (Flickr.com/vainsang)
       By Kim Hyesoon
    Photo: Vincent Brassinne (Flickr.com/vainsang) Sand Woman A woman was lifted from the sand. She was perfectly intact, not even a split hair. When he left they say she didn’t eat or sleep. She didn...
  • Photo: Flickr.com/limxd
       By Walle Sayer
    Editorial note: The Swabian versions of the following poems are read by the author. The English versions are read by Tegan White-Nesbitt. Abwesenheitsnotiz Aushäusig dahe...
  • Wildflowers
       By Iossif Ventura
    Photo: Public Domain/Pixabay Untitled The wildflowers don’t bloom on command nor can their seeds be sown rebellious winds whirl at dawn winnowing seeds toward the ossuaries of the fields...
  • Crates. Photo by Fiona Baxter/Flickr
    Photo by Fiona Baxter/Flickr i He once sold a portion of himself to a fish packing plant, slipped in the crates of the headless and dressed when all eyes were bl...
  •    By Clara Jo
    Filmed during the workshop and event  "A-B-A-B-A :  from hear to here" — choreographed by Christina Werner and Eric Ellingsen (Institut für Raumexperimente, UdK Berlin). Volksbühne Berlin, July 2014...
  • Misrak Terefe and friends
       By Misrak Terefe
    Misrak Terefe (far right) with fellow Ethiopian performance poets. This says the meaning of country is sitting in the balance.In order to say, to be able to see,the balance, the leader must...
  • Samsung Square
       By Eric Ellingsen
    For a group of art performances in July 2013 called Wax and Gold organized by the Netsa Art Village, visual artist Mulugeta Gebrekidan presented “Invading Samsung Square” to protest the cor...
  • Red Canyon
    Photo by Brent Pearson/Flickr Negative Space I I was born on a Tuesday in April.I didn’t cry. Not because I was stunned. I wasn’t even mad.I was the lucky egg, trained for gratitudeinside the belly...
  • Fence Line. Photo by Todd Stewart
    Todd Stewart, “Fence Line, Tule Lake Relocation Center, 2001,” from Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008). Eating N...
  • Nathalie Handal with her camera.
       By Nathalie Handal
    Author note: These flash semi-témoignages or reportages are inspired by stories people told me It began as a personal acc...
  • Photo by Gwaga
    Photo by Gwaga Little Men  Animals no longer speakDrums refuse to beatTanganyika slowly retreats From her shoresBloodied by the nightmare of menWhose pettiness piercesThe deep slumber of the ancien...
  • Maize Flower
    Translators’ Note Juan Hernández Ramírez describes both Nahuatl and Spanish as mirrors for his writing: “sirven de espejo, kewak se teskatl.” He does not write solely in on...
  • Clay Tablet Bearing the World’s First Alphabet That had comemuch later – After everythingalready had happened – Without witnessthe first stammered wordthis atomic flash forevercontaminating the obliv...
  •    By Amjad Nasser
    I Before what happened happened,I mean, before the towers became a stairway to the dayof reckoning, and the world split into twocamps, water and sand,I used to wish that I’d be among the poetswho wou...
  •    By Lauren Camp
    Letter to Baghdad Even if my father never speaks a word of it, I will knowhe brought a candle, a cough, and the occupied side of his heart.I will know the trees held him, that they rose above rooflin...

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