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Poetry

Nihilism
By Nhã Thuyên
I can’t stand that one the way someone with a chronic sinus infection can’t stand abnormal shifts in weather.
Translated from Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees
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[You’re Right]
By Sveta Grigorjeva
you’ve no idea what it means to stand in a sausage line!
Translated from Estonian by Adam Cullen
“Forgetting” & “Home”
By Arvis Viguls
The pawn shop, where we sold your rings, / was shuttered.
Translated from Latvian by Jayde Will
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from “Clairvoyant in the City of the Blind”
By Amina Saïd
I hope and despair at the same moment
Translated from French by Marilyn Hacker
Two Poems
By Ines Abassi
I / am stolen splendor on a darkened street
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
Roadkill
By Hiromi Itō
“Roadkill’s something you get used to seeing in America”
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles
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The Assassin
By Tuhin Das
Still we couldn't stop writing.
Translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha
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from “Latitudes”
By Piedad Bonnett
We searched for the words. We sipped our tea / looking down the bitter well of the past . . .
Translated from Spanish by Ezra E. Fitz
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“Bird Spirit” and “Handful of Earth”
By Fredy Chicangana
These songs to Mother Earth in a major key / are whispers that come from distant forests
Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel
“Wayuu (II)” and “Roots”
By Vito Apushana
We are life, this way
Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel
I Will Die Young
By Rasul Mīr
Are they more beautiful than me?
Translated from Kashmiri by Sonam Kachru
I Will Not Sing
By Dīna Nāth Nādim
When the thunder of guns tears out the tongue from the nightingale
Translated from Kashmiri by Sonam Kachru
The jewels of my eyes I’ll lay at your feet
By Arinimal
Hyacinth! Lift your head your head from within the mud
Translated from Kashmiri by Neerja Mattoo
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Born of earth, I fell into contemplation
By Roop Bhawani
You kindled hope in me. Now fill my cups.
Translated from Kashmiri by Neerja Mattoo
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Triptych
By Raquel Lubartowski
It's this: we’re seeking water / Where there is only thirst.
Translated from Spanish by Carolina De Robertis
A Memory
By Miren Agur Meabe
Our knees were trusting doves; the ribbons in our hair, delicious bait.
Translated from Basque by Amaia Gabantxo
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The Fall of Icarus
By Joseba Sarrionandia
Almost no one cares for the wounds of others.
Translated from Basque by Amaia Gabantxo
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Life with a Tiger
By Harkaitz Cano
Hardly anyone comes to visit when you live with a tiger.
Translated from Basque by Amaia Gabantxo
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Hand 3
By Juan Mari Lekuona
Everything—including life— / ends when the hands give up.
Translated from Basque by Amaia Gabantxo
From “Poems”
By Mikhail Eremin
The post-war ruins (Roofs ripped off, / The charred walls.)
Translated from Russian by Alex Cigale
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ways of knowing and other poems
By Maria Cabrera
i know the fear in your eyes at dawn. and the crackle of flames, the hidden creaking of the woods, the madness of the birds beating paths in the air.
Translated from Catalan by Mary Ann Newman
Three Poems
By Shamshad Abdullaev
The day was silent to distraction, / only the dog’s growl traveled beyond the window
Translated from Russian by Alex Cigale & Dana Golin
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Eddie’s Funeral
By Amarsana Ulzytuev
But his dirty ears are resistant to their tender entreating, / And the thick lips will not stretch from these ears into a smile
Translated from Russian by Alex Cigale
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Two Poems
By Francesc Garriga
the voices of a body spent / venture new rhymes, / i can’t fathom what they mean to say
Translated from Catalan by Adrian Nathan West
An Open Wound
By Tanja Bakić
Water drinks me while I drink the water itself.
Translated from Montenegrin by Jim Phelps & Tanja Bakić
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Time
By Dragana Tripković
Everyone has already said it all about time.
Translated from Montenegrin by Peter Stonelake
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Two Poems
By Jovanka Uljarević
A herald will knock on your door / with news about what is yet to come
Translated from Montenegrin by Peter Stonelake
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Time to Pack
By Boryana Neykova
Soon I will be leaving this town too
Translated from Bulgarian by Irina Ivanova
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Plamondon Metro
By Alejandro Saravia
drawn by the myth of the streets of gold / Santiago Nasar arrives on rue Barclay and becomes a pusher
Translated from Spanish by María José Giménez
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Untitled: #13 and #14
By Phu Kradat
Screaming midnight thoughts plunge down to still
Translated from Thai by Peter Montalbano
The Visitor
By KTM Iqbal
All of us / wait / to receive you.
Translated from Tamil by Kavitha Karuum
Reader
By KTM Iqbal
I strike out, rewrite.
Translated from Tamil by Sulosana Karthigasu
Wheels
By Takako Arai
Perhaps she wanted her own fires to burn
Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey Angles
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Two Untitled Prose Poems
By Giampiero Neri
Exile is accompanied by the idea of solitude.
Translated from Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani
Three Poems from “Tattoos”
By Eva Taylor
on the atlas of my skin / your names
Translated from Italian by Olivia E. Sears
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I am leaving you Europe
By Gëzim Hajdari
Your ruins no longer enchant me.
Translated from Italian by Patrick Barron
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Sing Ladino
By Yankev Glatshteyn
Finegolden radiating, bursting— / Multicoloredthoughtingness.
Translated from Yiddish by Asya Vaisman Schulman
From “The Ringing of the Rain has a Forgiving Grace”
By Ye Mimi
I am willing to carve you a ten-second slice of winter.
Translated from Chinese by Steve Bradbury
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We Deliver More Than We Promise
By Hsia Yü
I’m the pig, I said, you’re just an idiot
Translated from Chinese by Steve Bradbury
Coral Reef
By Micheliny Verunschk
Everything clamors: / an hour hand gone berserk.
Translated from Portuguese by Eric M. B. Becker
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ithaca
By Angélica Freitas
if you want to journey to ithaca / call ahead
Translated from Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan
Ephemeral Invention
By Edival Lourenço
my children look to me / and grasp after / absolute truths.
Translated from Portuguese by Eric M. B. Becker
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Trilingual Day of Rain
By Alejandro Saravia
it’s still raining / as it did at the beginning of time
Translated from Spanish by María José Giménez
The Flowers of War
By Alejandro Saravia
the flowers of war / open at night / on boulevard Saint-Laurent
Translated from Spanish by María José Giménez
The God of Tar and Bone
By Alejandro Saravia
a man standing on the tracks / stares at a train as it advances / with a moan of metal and night
Translated from Spanish by María José Giménez
Chernobyl Poems
By Lina Kostenko
The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 had huge significance for Ukraine, the Soviet Union, and the wider world. It accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War order, and forced a profound,…
Translated from Ukrainian by Uilleam Blacker
Crow, Wheels
By Lyuba Yakimchuk
Joyful relatives poured vodka for themselves / and for the dead
Translated from Ukrainian by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky
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[The whole soldier doesn’t suffer]
By Lyudmyla Khersonska
The whole soldier shrugs off hurt.
Translated from Russian by Katherine E. Young
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From “Um País”
By Flávia Rocha
How to explain / the heat a language exhales
Translated from Portuguese by Idra Novey
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From “Clarice: The Visitor”
By Idra Novey
Have been syntaxed and stirred into a purple.
Translated from English by Flávia Rocha
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Adam Gerber’s Good-bye
By Melcion Mateu
I open my eyes and see the world
Translated from Catalan by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
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Terra Incognita
By Rowan Ricardo Phillips
I plugged my poem into a manhole cover
Translated from English by Melcion Mateu
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From “Photograms”
By Ahmed Bouanani
I will paint my death on a canvas of autumn
Translated from French by Emma Ramadan
Anatomy of the Rose
By Soukaina Habiballah
The blooming petals: a navel.
Translated from Arabic by Kareem James Abu-Zeid
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From “Dreams of a Berber Night, or The Tomb of Thorns”
By Siham Bouhlal
I would like to hide in your kiss.
Translated from French by Emma Ramadan
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The Red Triangle Café
By Mourad Kadiri
One folded like a switchblade, one open like a book
Translated from Arabic by Kristin Hickman
They Told You
By Khadija Arouhal
They told you / That your feet should be nailed to the household!
Translated from French by Olivia Baes
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
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Against Tradition
By Osmanjan Muhemmed Pas’an
I was eyemate to a blind one
Translated from Uyghur by Joshua L. Freeman
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The Past
By Tahir Hamut
The world made no promises to anyone
Translated from Uyghur by Joshua L. Freeman
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