Articles tagged "Birth"


Octavio the Invader

He was prepared for the terrifying violence of the light and noise, but not for the pressure, the brutal atmospheric pressure, combined with the Earth’s gravity, acting on that body which was so…...

from “Gypsy Mandalas”

10th Mandala I realized early on inside my mother’s belly that I’d be born a Gypsy. The realization made me drown at least twice in the embryonic fluid, but then I decided to resurrect myself.…...

from “The Eternal Son”

The most brutal morning of his life started with interrupted sleep—the relatives were arriving. He was happy, it was visible, a rather groggy happiness due to his insomnia the night before, plus…...

V. Samsara

I have always been intrigued by the fact that cows in India are sacred. Unmolested, they roam the streets of towns and villages. In some parts they have a bell round their neck and a jasmine topknot on…...

Sign of These Times

The couple stopped in the middle of the way to rest. They were both tired of fleeing and took shelter in a cowshed near an empty road. Soon the woman felt the first warnings. It was a providential stop;…...

The Bergkvist Sisters

  I've had a lot of time lately, and I've been thinking about the King and Queen. They were Crown Prince and Princess then, of course, but what if they hadn't had a son second time around?…...

Four Poems

For the Shetlandic originals, please click here. Head over Heels From different vantage points, the island sharpens from old man laid out dead upon the skyline to three proud peaks upon the world's…...

Four Poems

For the English translations, please click here. Tirlin headicraa Seen fae different erts, da island sharpens fae auld man streekit oot apö da skyline ta tree prunk peaks apö da wirld's aedge.…...

from “Dear Shameless Death”

In memory of my mother Huvat Aktas travelled for a whole day and a night, ending his journey at noon by the sheepfold in the village of Alacuvek. This time he brought a bright blue bus with him. The bus…...

The Moon

Every time the moon rose, she prayed. Finally Wol-nam's mother, at forty, bore a son. In dreams before pregnancy, she swallowed the moon. After her son was born, Wol-nam's mother would lose her…...

Belarusian

II even our mothers have no idea how we got here how we parted their legs and crawled out into the world the way you crawl from the ruins after a bombing we couldn't tell which of us was a girl or…...