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Songs from Ammassalik

I’m in my Kayak Kuummiut nr. 128 Singer: Kaarulusi...

Author: Anon (Ammasalik)
Translation: Nancy Campbell

Pepsi Cola

One Sunday a man arrived to sell black water...

Author: Hubert Matiúwàa
Translation: Juana Adcock

What is it Worth?

Those masters of barbarity tell us: I’ll give you...

Author: Mikeas Sánchez
Translation: Wendy Call

From ‘Shootings’

Happiness is a warm gun. John Lennon   Austin,...

Author: Fernando Valverde
Translation: Carolyn Forché

144m2

This house is too narrow for all of us...

Author: Ehab Karim Shghedil
Translation: David Shook Bryar Bajalan

Laughing Blue

Maybe these words make no sense Maybe they mean...

Author: ADIL LATEFI
Translation: Adham Smart

I Once Met a Man

I once met a man who thought he was...

Author: VOLHA HAPEYEVA
Translation: Kim Moore

Polina

Polina, 3 years old, lives in an orphanage. In...

Author: Nene Giorgadze
Translation: Ryan Van Winkle

Other Banks

I love you more in temperate climates away from...

Author: FATMA KROUMA
Translation: VICTORIA ADUKWEI BULLEY

To Err

Is erring human, isn’t it divine? And shame, shouldn’t...

Author: Toon Tellegen
Translation: Judith Wilkinson

Once / Again

From Unwaith, Cyril Jones   Cip deryn ar dderyn...

Author: Cyril Jones
Translation: Philip Gross

Porthpean

Cunning swirls of breath on a neck in a...

Author: Tim Saunders
Translation: Tim Saunders

Ruin

Rare is this wrought-work, pulled down by design; civilities...

Author: Anon.
Translation: Matthew Hollis

Ding Doon tha Mairch Dikes

We aye big mairch dikes for tae houl oor...

Author: Bakhtiyar Vahabzade
Translation: Steve Dornan

Iron Oss

  Iron osses, little wenches of the sidings, watch...

Author: Liz Berry

‘Dem Shout Batty Bwoy!’

‘Dem Shout     Batty Bwoy!’ I’m on my...

Author: Dean Atta

Dis Life is Nivver Enyoch

 1 ‘Kuml’ – Pagan burial site (Iceland National...

Author: Christine De Luca

Two poems

   FIRST MISTAKE SOME SIGNS DIFFERENT HERE I...

Author: Bebe Ashley