SPECIAL SECTION

Five Younger Women Poets from Azerbaijan

Featuring

Rabiqe Nazim Qizi

Aysel (Nino) Novruz

Jale Ismayil

Elnaz Eyvaz

Feyziyye

  • 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 groun...
  • 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 amu...
  • 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 fo...
  • 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 cor...
  • 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 w...
  • Statue outside the Nizami Museum of Literature
    One of several sculptures in Azerbaijan honoringnineteenth-century poet Khurshidbanu Natavan,Nizami Museum of Literature. Photo: Alison Mandaville In the center of one square in the capital of Baku,...