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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

From ‘Shootings’

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

Author: Fernando Valverde
Translation: Carolyn Forché


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...

Translation: Adham Smart

I Once Met a Man

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

Translation: Kim Moore


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

Author: Nene Giorgadze
Translation: Ryan Van Winkle