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Uyghur Modernist Poetry

March 2016

In this collection, originally featured in the March 2016 issue of Words Without Borders, we bring readers three poets writing in one of China’s vibrant minority languages, Uyghur, in a feature translated and introduced by Joshua Freeman.

Uyghur Modernist Poetry: Three Contemporary Writers
By Joshua L. Freeman
Modernist poetry burst onto the Uyghur literary scene thirty years ago.
The Past
By Tahir Hamut
The world made no promises to anyone
Translated from Uyghur by Joshua L. Freeman
Multilingual
Chronicle of an Execution
By Ghojimuhemmed Muhemmed
Water in the blood, bread in the flesh, vows in the bone
Translated from Uyghur by Joshua L. Freeman
Multilingual
Against Tradition
By Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an
I was eyemate to a blind one
Translated from Uyghur by Joshua L. Freeman
Multilingual