Poetry

  • A spiny tree rises between sandy dunes as the sun rises in the right of the panel
    July 5, 2019 | Muhammad Harbi
    Chris Barnes, Egypt, December 2010 / Flickr To Hisham Harbi who said to me: “don’t stay in the shadows” but I didn’t listen   Epigraph rushing as always, my shadow jumped but...
  • The poet Phoebe Giannisi and translator Brian Sneeden
    June 20, 2019 | Phoebe Giannisi
    The poet Phoebe Giannisi and WLT Translation Prize (Poetry) winner Brian Sneeden Leaves Inside these articulations the beginnings of language outside of yes and no insid...
  • A photo of Jean Metellus juxtaposed with the cover to When the Pipirite Sings
    June 13, 2019 | Alice-Catherine Carls
    Dany Laferrière was elected to the French Academy in 2013. Edwidge Danticat won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2018 and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant....
  • A boat floats in a desultory natural port as the sun begins to crest above the horizon
    June 11, 2019 | Zack Rogow
    Paulo Valdivieso, Porto das Hortas / Flickr Portugal was rocked earlier this year by the news that one of the most popular poems attributed to one of the nation’s greatest modern poets, Sophia de Me...
  • A red sun rises over the surf at dawn
    June 4, 2019 | Susan Smith Nash
    Photo: Chandrashekhar Basumatary / Flickr The cover of Rudencio Morais’s collection of prose poems, Os dialetos do Amor (filLetras Editora, 2018; The languages of love), features a woman co...
  • A whale surfacing, mouth agape
    May 14, 2019 | María Baranda
    Humpback whale / Photo by Wade Tregaskis / Flickr 7. For about a minute you spin and the world shifts galaxies. What germinates in your flesh is the viper’s dream. You slither through the underbr...
  • Photos of Ahmad Shamlou and Niloufar Talebi juxtaposed on a crimson background
    May 9, 2019 | Samad Alavi
    Ahmad Shamlou (left) | Photo by Hadi Shafaieh. Niloufar Talebi (right) | Photo by Devlin Shand In Self-Portrait in Bloom, Niloufar Talebi (www.niloufartalebi.com) tells her story of gro...
  • Thin, tapered, and lit candles arising from water
    April 25, 2019 | Sophia Galifianakis
    Photo by Dennis Jarvis / Flickr Bema In Greek it means step. In church it separates me from the nave, where the quiet sit and wait. Behind the screen the altar boys, age twelve, a...
  • A red balloon hovers mid-frame against a dusking sky
    April 11, 2019 | Meetra Javed
    Denisse Leon / Unsplash The Beginning Mother gave birth during an earthquake. She screamed, Mera bucha – my child. Inhaling, exhaling, withdrawing – Mera bucha mere pa...
  • A black and photo of a long shadow cast across what looks like a piano keyboard
    April 9, 2019 | Gary Fincke
    Richard Smith, “Piano Shadow” / Flickr A day without news. Left behind, last night’s lead story – a friend’s untimely death, his son surviving the head-on two miles from home. This evening, my n...
  • April 1, 2019 | Daniel Simon
    To kick off National Poetry Month, I’d like to share with you five favorite poets/poems that have appeared in the magazine’s pages over the past five years. Zsuzsa Takács (Hungary), “On Vision” and “...
  • Thick sheets of ice warp to reveal a dark hole within
    March 26, 2019 | Brandon Rushton
    Ellenm1, ice formations, Barton Dam, Michigan / Flickr Dismissed from some other duty the drawbridge attendant questions the stability of days. As in: how long until what we’ve been holding on to...
  • A black and white photo of a small boat dock surrounded by water, which stretches unbroken to the horizon
    March 7, 2019 | Ute von Funcke
    Photo by Kevin Bessat / Unsplash In this fictive dialogue of Johanna Schopenhauer with her son, Arthur, family appears as a philosophical playing field: mother-root and son’s wants. Of dreams an...
  • Coffee dregs sitting at the bottom of a red cup, as shot from above
    March 5, 2019 | Ruxandra Cesereanu, Gabriela Melinescu, Ioana Ileana Șteţco
    Iain Broadfoot, “Epic abstract art” (coffee dregs) / Flickr   The Storyteller by Ruxandra Cesereanu Just like that, we used to talk together in the café, not sitting down...
  • An oil painting of a house surrounded by woodlands. The paint is very heavily layer, creating texture at the surface.
    February 28, 2019 | Renee H. Shea
    Marilène Phipps, Roots, 13 x 18 in., oil on linen canvas / Courtesy of the artist Whether she is a writer who paints or a painter who writes, Marilène Phipps combines the two gifts with a rare brill...
  • A statue of a reclining figure in a cemetery
    February 26, 2019 | Salvador Espriu
    Photo by Daniel García Peris / Flickr   The Pounding of Hoes The pounding of hoes — don’t you hear them? Behind high stone walls, unceasing, yet slow, beyond the folds of time. T...
  • A sculpted bust of the minotaur, who seems boyish and frail
    February 21, 2019 | Stephen Eric Berry
    Mercè Cañadell, The Young Minotaur and Ariadne / Photo by William Murphy Night Shift at the Globe I am the Master Leafblower, a.k.a. Tornado in Rags: Sopped, half dizzy, ears plug...
  • A desultory looking bar, decked with neon signs, presumably in Las Vegas
    February 19, 2019 | Rose Hunter
    Ty Nigh, “Atomic Liquor – Fine cocktails,” Las Vegas Desert View Overlook   the chipmunk’s prayer hands & hunched tremble munch & swipe at whiskers bat-like in front of bik...
  • Water lilies floating on the surface of blue water
    February 4, 2019 | Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee
    Natalia Rifai, “Floating Carpet,” Srinagar, Kashmir, 1990 on Agha Shahid Ali’s 70th birth anniversary February 4, 2019 I In the post office, moored to the ghat, Secret g...
  • A sculpted angel throws herself across a grave in a show of grief
    January 29, 2019 | Richard Hoffman
    Mike Schaffner, “Angel of Grief,” Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas / Flickr In Which I Try to Imagine Justice   without a thought to efficiency, without a thought to deadlines, wi...
  • Humberto Ak’abal looks down at his text as he reads aloud
    January 24, 2019 | Norman Minnick
    Humberto Ak’abal in 2013 / Courtesy of LiteraturhausSalzburg For nearly a decade I ran a visiting writers series at a liberal arts university in Indiana. The series was very well endowed, which mean...
  • A large inkblot stain on white paper, through which writing on the opposite side just just be seen but not read
    January 22, 2019 | Nicholas Samaras
    The bruise of ink on white paper. The words that line transcription and record. I know I am more than this thin sheaf. The written name of my village can’t say anything about the openness of its...
  • A child's hand pressed up against glass with a moth perched on the other side
    January 17, 2019 | Sean Thomas Dougherty
    Greg Jordan, “Moth, Glass, Hand,” Sept. 2009 / Flickr Before there is sausage and bread And blood-red wine Like the light Over the great lake Are you a ship Or a sequin Something so tiny It c...
  • Loretta Klobah juxtaposed with the cover to her book Ricantations
    January 15, 2019 | Marcia Douglas
    Loretta Collins Klobah / Courtesy of Peepal Tree Loretta Collins Klobah’s Ricantations (Peepal Tree, 2018) is her second collection of poetry. The book has been selected as a Poetry Book So...
  • A rock being whipped by ocean waves from above with the cover to the Rimbaud biography inset on the right side of the image
    January 10, 2019 | Yahia Lababidi
    Enrapture Captivating Media / Unsplash What becomes a legend most? Great talent, suffering, and mystery . . . three ingredients that French poet Arthur Rimbaud possessed in spades. General readers w...

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