Poetry

  • A woman holds up a book filled with illustrations above her head
    September 21, 2018 | Frank Sherlock, Carlos Soto-Román
    María Verónica San Martín, from In Their Memory: Human Rights Violation in Chile, 1973–1990 (2012), silkscreen, digital print. San Martín is a Chilean born, Brooklyn-based artist currently w...
  • Maps, maps, maps!
    September 4, 2018 | Brian Swann
    Photo by Andrew Neel / Unsplash   Journal, or Story Without Words And I follow the hand copying what it had written years ago,never knowing it would...
  • August 10, 2018 | K. Eltinaé
    Photo by Sabah El Basha heirloom  Ninety thousand men, women and childrendragged their dust to rivers,dams were never built for. Under six cataractslie the bones of my ancestors.Under my bed is the c...
  • A photograph of a sunrise over the waters off of Ithaca in Greece
    August 7, 2018 | Don Schofield
    Sunset on Ithaka by T. Zengerink / Flickr Once on Ithaca Walking the harbor that day, I saw a cronesitting at a loom on her front porch.Was this Penelope, I wondered, weavingin midda...
  • A close-up photograph of two orange flowers with lavender at their center
    August 2, 2018 | Shakti Chattopadhyay
    Photo by Paul Streltsov / Unsplash   Grief that is now old, I ask it to come and sit near me today.I’m sitting, there’s my shadow, and if grief indeed comes and sits beside meI will feel quite good;...
  • The author, Samantha Thornhill, smiling broadly
    July 26, 2018 | Samantha Thornhill
    Photo: Peter Dressel Protective by defaultaffectionate by design apron, youare my mother:sweet bread bakingblue veins racingdown white expansedotted with delicioussplatter and spill. My mother woreyo...
  • A close-up detail of sunlight on a body of water
    July 18, 2018 | Linda Hogan
    Photo by Michał Mancewicz / Unsplash Bathing with Tender Care And not this time the body of my child,but my own skin, loving the wrinkled kneesand the scars dealt t...
  • June 26, 2018 | paula ilabaca núñez
    Photo (left to right) - Translator Rowena Galavitz (courtesy of  Emerson Richards) and author Paula Ilabaca Núñez   Hell hang the heartsBlack and dull as the...
  • Translation prize winner Allana C. Noyes juxtaposed with poet Fabián Casas
    June 19, 2018 | Fabián Casas
      Lifecycles I was chatting with your executioner,a sweet, tidy man.He said because it’s me,I could choose the way you go out.He said when Eskimos get old,they wande...
  • A photo of a young boy holding his hand up towards a camera, partially obscuring his own face
    May 30, 2018 | D. M. Aderibigbe
    Photo by Atlas Green / Unsplash   Boy             for Dorsen Never seen him in a school uniform.Instead, each day, he wore clothes,bearing time’s hands. Hea...
  • A photo of two voice actors sitting close to one another working on a radio production, juxtaposed with the cover to Flowers for Othello: On the Crimes That Came out of Jena
    April 17, 2018 | Esther Dischereit
    Mürtüz Yolcu (Enver) and Mansou Ciss (Otello) producing the radio play Blumen für Otello, April 9, 2014 / Photo by Sandro Most courtesy of Deutschlandradio   Author’s note: Flowers...
  • April 5, 2018 | Tom Paine
    Courtesy of Natalia_Kollegova/Pixabay   Ibis   The Ibis, in Egypt, was not a bird,he was Thoth, the god in the pyramidwith my heart in his scimitar beak.We are not j...
  • Close up of a stained glass New Year's ball
    January 8, 2018 | Beth Bachmann
    Photo by Inhabitat/ Flickr Happy New Year Everyone’s waiting for the ball to drop. The President’s son-in-law is going to jail. Or maybe not. Inform...
  • Mural in Cochabamba, Bolivia / Photo by proyecto mARTadero
    October 3, 2017 | Rita Valdivia
    Mural in Cochabamba, Bolivia / Photo by proyecto mARTadero For more on the poetry of Valdivia, read the companion essay by Margaret Randall.   Aullido poema octogonal En el graznido de mi...
  • Samoylov as a soldier in the Red Army in the 1940s
    September 26, 2017 | David Samoylov
    Samoylov as a soldier in the Red Army in the 1940s Translator’s note: In June 1944 David Samoylov (1920–1990), an important Russian-language poet who was then a soldier in the Red Army, was...
  • This view of Saturn’s rings from the “ringscape finale” series was among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth (September 13, 2017) / Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
    September 20, 2017 | Lauren Camp
    This view of Saturn’s rings from the “ringscape finale” series was among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth (September 13, 2017) / Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institut...
  • Gillie Rhodes, “Log pile,” November 7, 2009
    September 13, 2017 | Fred Dings
    Gillie Rhodes, “Log pile,” November 7, 2009 Late Autumn  A butterfly searches our garden plants for blossoms  I don’t see. Flitting, almost lurching, it lands    at last on a barren branch as if exha...
  • Grave at the US/Mexico border taken at a cemetery near Anthony, New Mexico, July 19, 2015 / Photo by Lanie Elizabeth
    September 7, 2017 | Ilan Stavans
    Grave at the US/Mexico border taken at a cemetery near Anthony, New Mexico, July 19, 2015 / Photo by Lanie Elizabeth The following is an excerpt from part 2 of a four-part poem called “T...
  • Liu Xiaobo, 1991 / Courtesy of Wang Ya
    September 6, 2017 | Liu Xia
    Liu Xiaobo, 1991 / Courtesy of Wang Ya Translator’s note: This photo of Liu Xiaobo swimming surfaced on the Internet after the sea burial in Dalian, China. Those of us who were hear...
  • Photo print in a living room
    August 30, 2017 | Victoria McArtor
    Bury Me tell me            wet limestone            flinching coral reefs  what’s it like to alwaysbe night                                      tell me  what is it to be rooted in shadow           ...
  • John, “Fallen Angel,” August 29, 2010
    August 23, 2017 | Shamshad Abdullaev
    John, “Fallen Angel,” August 29, 2010   Here and Now Here he is sitting across from the balcony door;the wind will blow – a wound. The rustling lightblushes and fades in the rectangular mirror – th...
  • Lorenzo Gaudenzi, “Agria,” September 15, 2016
    August 15, 2017 | Phoebe Giannisi
    Lorenzo Gaudenzi, “Agria,” September 15, 2016 For more, read Brian Sneeden’s translator’s note on Giannisi’s work.   (Nostos I)                                                 f...
  • Tail light. Photo: Sarah-Rose/Flickr
    August 7, 2017 | Perrin Langda
    Tail light. Photo: Sarah-Rose/Flickr   Pistoning seas rise andmountains flow a river spreadsin the bed of an undulatingvalley forestswither and entire citiesblossom people copulate thereon certain nig...
  • coniferconifer, “water ablution pavilion,” November 30, 2013
    August 2, 2017 | B. B. P. Hosmillo
    coniferconifer, “water ablution pavilion,” November 30, 2013   Sparrows, Sparrows She is a man in her late forties and nobody knows when she was born or when she built a silvery house at the notorio...
  • Chañaral is a small coastal city in the Atacama region of Chile. Devastating flash floods in 2015 caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to the region. Photo by jipe7.
    July 31, 2017 | Laurence O’Dwyer
    Chañaral is a small coastal city in the Atacama region of Chile. Devastating flash floods in 2015 caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to the region. Photo by jipe7. Chañaral A desert town of...

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