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Other People’s Aquariums

What I like about other people’s apartments is that...

Author: Kateřina Rudčenková
Translation: Alexandra Büchler

The Golden Revolutionary Song

On my plate there’s a golden standard, investment-related, I...

Author: Olga Stehlíková
Translation: David Vichnar

Love Poem

Don’t be afraid of the voices, there are plenty...

Author: Jan Skácel
Translation: Kateřina Matuštíková Simon Pettifar

Words Have Meaning

Words have meaning, even if we say this and...

Author: MIlan Děžinský
Translation: Nathan Fields


Let me return the sunlight to the sky, the...

Author: Phi Hoàng
Translation: O MAYEUX


Don’t leave your room. This is better left undone....

Author: Joseph Brodsky
Translation: Alexandra Berlina

Dazzled by the Morning Light…

The morning light was dreadfully dazzling I folded some...

Author: Sayaka Osaki
Translation: Jeffrey Angles

Our Whereabouts

    don’t speak to me….. one whisper will...

Author: Kei Okamoto
Translation: Motoyuki Shibata Polly Barton

For You

— who were massacred on the riverbanks of Nakagawa...

Author: Itsuko Ishikawa
Translation: Rina Kikuchi Jen Crawford


Morning, a dull sun shines           The wind blows A...

Author: Chūya Nakahara
Translation: Jeffrey Angles

Porcelain Crow

Blue porcelain crow, on the make with your oohs...

Author: Takuji Ōte
Translation: James Garza


Living this year and seeing the blossom one person...

Author: Noriko Ibaragi
Translation: Peter Robinson Andrew Houwen


Wind is mouthing something in my mortised ear: June...

Author: Bei Dao
Translation: Kit Fan

Shutting Down

I shut the window, then the closet and the...

Author: Shlomo Laufer
Translation: Betsy Rosenberg


Today I asked a tailor to cut me another...

Author: Hamit Sert
Translation: Sarah Hall Neil Rollinson

Songs from Ammassalik

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

Author: Anon (Ammassalik)
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