Poetry

  • Two dark masses rise from the waters off of a glacier
       By Frank Paino
    Fin whales in the Svalbard archipelago / Photo by Guillaume Baviere / Flickr “52” is the moniker given to an unidentified whale (most likely a blue or fin) whose high-pitched vocalizati...
  • A tall stone temple dominates the shoreline of a wide river, bathed in the colors of sunset
       By Kedarnath Singh
    Temple in Varanasi / Photo by Saurabh Chatterjee / Flickr Spring descends on this city suddenly and when it does a whirl of dust rises from Lehartara or Manduadih and coats the tongue of this...
  • A dense tangle of tropical forest where bananas hang from the tree
    Photo: Courtesy of the Author  As she pleases  after Tropical Storm Ondoy, 2009  If only words dilute sediments at the bottom of my gut; if only a tongue can let this pain hydroplane into a...
  • A black and white photograph from above of a tree's rings
    There was a time, a certain weather where the butterflies danced paused on the grass to rest and hear the song of the wind echo. There was a time, an ardent weather when the sun shone more stron...
  • A mixed media painting of a blue and a yellow fish
       By Jane Hirshfield
    The Aquarium, 20" x 24" hand-painted paper collage on wood panel, private collection. © Elizabeth St. Hilaire (paperpaintings.com) Three Pebbles Sixth Extinctio...
  • Close up photograph of pollen on a plant
       By Marjorie Evasco
      Farol de Combate  This is how, while darkness  drew my profile with its little finger  I have learned to see past as Montale saw it,  The obscure thoughts of God descending ...
  • Spectators stand on a stone overlook that juts on to a wooded lake that sits at the foot of foggy mountains
       By Major Jackson
    Photo: Picker H/Flickr  November in Xichang  There are cities one won’t see again. – Joseph Brodsky   I. Only a bearded smile shows below a conical hat turning men to rice...
  • A black and white photo of phone booths, tagged with graffiti and lit up from the inside
       By Renátó Fehér
    Photo: Brian Ainsworth/Flickr Borderland (2) Moored in an estuary of chestnut trees is the main building – a mother ship. The sharp-eyed gaze eventually settles, studying the faç...
  • A wildflower sprouts from a mossy forest floor
       By Gemma Gorga
    Photo: M. Maggs/Pixabay La bona educació L’estiu que complia set anys li van regalar un estoig de fusta amb un llapis i una goma.  El llapis, perquè en rosegués la mina fins a tr...
  • A blue parakeet looks at the camera from behind the wire of his cage
       By Myronn Hardy
    Photo: Simon Q/Flickr A patch of sunlight on the wall     thin shadows like worn nets or the snagged stockings  of a voracious lover impair that patch. Our shoes tap the marble stairs down-down....
  • A darkly lit shot from above looking down into a blooming cabbage
    PHOTO: Scott Webb/Unsplash * Tulips and their capricious labia, their indecent appeal. The absolute shamelessness of the flowers, but also the sinlessness. The lushness of the earth, as before the...
  • A panoramic shot of Hong Kong
       By Xi Xi
    PHOTO: Florian Wehde / Unsplash you gave me a black silk chicken hoping I’d eat it and get better you gave me a black silk chicken because I’ve been unwell I cooked up the black silk chicken de...
  • A close shot of a name plate embedded in the street
       By Alexander Booth
    Lorie Shaull, “Stolperstein” / Flickr The story begins like this. No. It does not. There is no story. Or, they shoveled a load of speed and shuddered toward the coast. Saltpans. Sparse groupings of...
  • A shot from from a hill near Kukupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh of refugees streaming in and out of the camp
       By Mayyu Ali
    View of the Kukupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. / PHOTO: Russell Watkins / UK Department of International Development “I can be killed here in Bangladesh. My body can earn a...
  • A shot from directly above of a red taxi cab waiting at a street light on a street marked by numerous parallel yellow lines
       By Jason S. Polley
    PHOTO: Ruslan Bardash/Unsplash The meaty gweipo complete slippery scolds assailant aplenty The meaty miasma of North Point’s postcard avenues, where Big-Leaf Fig bases are...
  • A bowl of rice, lightly colored by an application of soy sauce
       By Chris Song
    PHOTO: Jmoritz320/Pixabay But a bowl of rice with soy sauce was your breakfast yesterday. Colors of foods varied as fate played out with this resemblance on the table – Clay-pot sauce poured int...
  • A photograph of a white kite held by an arm that stretches into the bottom of the frame with the moon hovering just above the kite
       By Wawa
    Prelapsarian Bloom: One Day One Life, thread on kite, LED light. Photo courtesy of the author. [untitled] a day a life, between death and birth, under the moon, tw...
  • A photograph looking up the front of a colorful apartment building
       By Belle Ling
    PHOTO: Florian Wehde/Unsplash Tasting Karma Does the doctor prefer eating an apple before he announces death? The doctor says: “Just so—sorry.” Or, he prefers studying an apple? ...
  • A hand-lettered sign in Chinese with English words that read “To Yuen Long / Please Press Bell”
       By Eddie Tay
    Press Doorbell Please. PHOTO: Eddie Tay How I Impress Others with My Cantonese At a dim sum restaurant you’ll need to ask for la jiu jeong (chili sauce), la jiu yeow (chili oil), or dao b...
  • Small dishes of food in bamboo bowls on a dim sum cart
       By Arthur Leung
    PHOTO: Alice Cheung Dim Sum Cart Dim sum house in Mongkok, the crowded, traditional one with gleaming walls, red flowery carpet, you squeeze through waiters and eaters, tables and chandeliers to...
  • A shot from above as a throng of people cross a city street
       By Kate Rogers
    PHOTO: Siriwan Leowratsamee/Unsplash Lamma Island Tofu-fa On the broken trail to Mot tat a field of white ginger lilies  flags us down. We shrug off our packs. Huddled among rui...
  • A black and white photograph of human shadows on the pavement
       By Jennifer Wong
    Rainy Afternoon Hong Kong 2018. PHOTO: Joan Pabona @kuochuqu #historyofthebees  #gardenwall #blah #sowhat In 19__ I broke an expensive urn.  Since then I have been breaki...
  • Looking through a series of blue gates, each with a hole in the center. A red crossbeam can be seen just beyond the final wall.
       By Kit Fan
    PHOTO: Joel Fulgencio/Unsplash Hong Kong and the Echo What do we know but that we face One another in this place? – W. B. Yeats, “Man and the Echo” HK. I loved my mountains, rivers, and t...
  • Rohingya children in a school in a refugee camp
       By Rohingya Poets
    Rohingya students reading The Blossom in the Community Rebuilding Centre education facility in Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp, ​​​​October 2018. Photo courtesy of Mayyu Ali. Translator’s note:...
  • A collage combining old bacterial slides with other mixed media, organized in rectangles
    Crystal Z Campbell, Friends of Friends (Six Degrees of Separation), 4x6x72 inches, vintage collection of bacteria slides circa 1940s, steel, LED strips, automotive paint, plexiglas, 2013 do...

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