Poetry

  • 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 seri...
  • 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 dust...
  • 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 immortal...
  • 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 unknow...
  • 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 th...
  • 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 Willendorf...
  • 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 pi...
  • 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 shipwr...
  • 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 th...
  • 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, he...
  • 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 ground...
  • 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 amus...
  • 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 for...
  • 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 corn...
  • 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 wa...
  • 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 recognize...
  • 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 dahei...
  • 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 blu...
  • Jeremy Miranda,  Salt Marsh, 2014, acrylic on panel. Courtesy of the artist.
       By Hedy Habra
    Jeremy Miranda, Salt Marsh, 2014, acrylic on panel. Courtesy of the artist. How Much of Yourself Remains Within the Walls of a Home? after Jeremy Miranda’s Salt Marsh (2014)...
  • Photo by Ryan Godfrey
       By Mei-Tal Nadler
    Photo by Ryan Godfrey X Days After the Amnesia Epidemic We set out on this road knowing we would discover nothing amazing. We didn’t expect to find a new route to Mercury, we didn’t imagine we woul...

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