Cultural Cross Sections

  • March 18, 2015 | Chris Arthur
    Since Horace’s original, many poets have written their version of an Ars Poetica. The best known is Archibald MacLeish’s. Can MacLeish’s poem cast light on the art of a different literary genre,...
  • View of Stockholm, Sweden
    January 28, 2015 | Najwa Ali
    View of Stockholm, Sweden, from the Södermalm district. Photo by J. A. Alcaide. In a corner of Stockholm, the Argentinean father of someone who was once, briefly, my lover, stumbles against the grey...
  • Kim Myung Won
    September 9, 2014 | EJ Koh
    Kim Myung Won An impressive poet and experimental author in her own right, EJ Koh reflects on the many sources needed in order to translate Kim Myung Won’s poetry into English:...
  • Hartwig HKD, “Black Icarus,” 2010
    September 4, 2014 | Tammy Lai-Ming Ho
    Hartwig HKD, “Black Icarus,” 2010. Old photographs and their conventions are both familiar and foreign to us, with their alienated and uncanny appeal. They also often seem very formal and stiff compa...
  • Harbhajan Singh Hundal
    March 10, 2014 | Rajesh Sharma
    Harbhajan Singh Hundal was born in Lyallpur (Pakistan) in 1934. In addition to fifteen books of poetry, he has written travelogues and autobiographical accounts. He is also an avid literary transl...
  • January 9, 2013 | Andrew Lam
    Anthropologists and linguists no doubt are having a field day trying to chronicle and dissect how, in the early autumn of 2012, “Gangnam Style” became an American idiomatic expression. It stands for...
  • December 6, 2012 | Melissa Weiss
    Tibetan poet Woeser  Since China’s invasion in the 1950s, the West’s main focus has been on the struggle for independence in Tibet, reporting the monks’ fiery suicides and protestors or journalists d...
  • October 12, 2012 | Robert Con Davis-Undiano
    When it was announced yesterday that Mo Yan is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, it echoed the case made by WLT executive director Robert Con Davis-Undiano, who deliver...

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