• THREE POEMS

    It’s Sunday where I am not - where roasted chestnuts are sold on the street, trams are orange and old, and someone else is learning to play the piano. The light solemnly says goodbye. Afternoons like this make me want to write poems about the smell of chimney smoke, about the unread books at home and about first loves. Of course, on such afternoons I don't carry a notebook with me.

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  • Interview with Christos Chartomatsidis by Irina Papancheva

    Some writers have influenced my worldview and approach to life, such as the classics – Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kazantzakis, Zola, Radichkov. From others I have learnt the craft – Gogol, Vazov with his “Uncles”. Lately, I am more and more admiring Dumas, the father, who is an unbeatable master of plot. We know him best for “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”, while he has written a series

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  • ABOUT TODAY

    I have a friend who is a communist and a friend who defines himself as one my neighbour is a fascist and what a fascist! it's impossible to find a radish the salad is here the onion is here but no radish! I was a nazi later on a socialist now I'm a Human

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  • Grandiosity of fake modesty

    i know they’ve all expected a downfall but instead they’ve found success and although they didn’t know what to do with it i didn’t help them when you exceed all their expectations you end up all alone * don’t accuse me i don’t love you every morning i wake up with a feverish desire to bite your toenails * when i wait for you i turn on a blinding light and then you arrive and turn it off (so that i can see you)

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  • THREE POEMS

    She has conspired with a woman dressed in green, who was missing a leg. She has resisted gridlines. She has stolen time from the bellies of spinsters. She has slept sitting, set tails on fire; with mountain folk she has eaten dark food. She has opened the shutters at night, taken out a ladder, switched on the lights, and washed the windows wearing only a bra.

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  • English Poetry and Modern Arabic Verse

    Ghareeb Iskander’s English Poetry and Modern Arabic Verse unravels the workings of the creative translational projects of early Arab modernist poet-translators, which revolutionised the Arab literary scene in the mid-twentieth century onwards—a fundamental contribution to Arabic literary and translation studies that is valuable for students and academics alike.

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  • POEMS

    and then you knock down the straw hut, alone / alone / alone in a hostile (in a sickly) universe, blinded by the Flash and the Bang, and then the iron hand will rise and it will try to crush you -- yes -- like a gnat -- (like a tiny gnat) -- yes -- corrupting your (very) / (mystical) essence, like a bombed-out sea of emotions... one day I will climb to the top of the hill one day I will find the bridge of moondust one day I will climb to the top of the hill

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  • POEMS

    Travel bureau Look, │ the seal sails like a boat on my dark blue ink tampon. │ Just a few centimeters away from the edge of the world. Fall We are not angels; it was known... Our wings won’t grow -was there any other suspicion? Have we lately become so superstitious as to deal with the Demon? Since fall is flying, we expect the change of times to clear our vision.

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  • Two Poems

    I often confess to the district tax collector to the court representatives who look in vain for my name in their lists To the gilded vestments of the bishops I confess To the open windows recently barred To the neighborhood butcher To the policeman patrolling alone at nights To the bailiff with scores of summonses that he releases to the wind like kites To the court martial I confess and their harsh punishment

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  • Poèmes

    Tôt ou tard s'en aller Plus rien à trimballer Partir après demain Prendre un des deux chemins Lumineux ou obscur Retenir les piqûres S'adresser au soleil Celui-là qui s'éveille Ah, toi qui es si froid J'accuse ton cœur droit De m'avoir laissée seule Pour me casser la gueule. Tôt ou tard s'en aller Plus rien à trimballer Plus rien à endosser Plus de cœur cabossé Marcher le long des rails Caresser la ferraille Gribouiller sur les murs

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  • Writing as Strolling Or Book as a Condom

    There is an ideal alliance between writer and transgressor (translator?): the Works of Marquis de Sade, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Jean Genet, Sadegh Hedayat, and Henry Miller were (are) thus banned and censored and suppressed. Crime: they have not followed the stereotypes of language and have embarked on forbidden paths.

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  • When we are young, When we are girls, We climb trees, play hide and seek, We don’t have balls, but we have dolls It’s not a problem if we’re girls or boys As long as we share the toys. When we grow up We get the balls, lose the dolls, Release the braids and ponytails and wait for a suitable wind. And then we get a bit older. We become a mother or a woman, or if we are lucky, both. When we grow old, we look more like a father. Our breasts flatten and rest, we get a quite, unwanted moustache,

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  • L’enfer de l’amour au Viêt-Nam

    -Au-delà du charme esthétique de ce bâtiment, sa profondeur spirituelle a un effet hypnotisant. Tu n’es qu’une touriste qui se réjouit de la beauté. Mais, si tu tentes de poser un regard plus approfondi sur chaque détail de ce temple, tu plongeras dans l’abîme du sacré qui ouvre la porte à une nouvelle possibilité de soi. Chaque bouddhiste rêve d’atteindre

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  • Exhumation

    On the ground floor, the Syrian woman is already cooking soup using spices from her homeland, her front door ajar. On the landing, outside, there are her children’s tricycles and second-hand toys in a cardboard-box, bearing the name of a detergent brand, evoking the whiff of baby skin and dirty nappies. She can hear the mother’s voice joining those of her children;

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  • Tow poems

    The elegance of stone on a rock The liturgy of eternity. Cells. Stone guest, not a cross, but rook. The road was trembling, the rains washed away the ridges As a rainbow on hands the tears was dropping. I was living while losing faith. The sun, a yellow spot, was floating, Among the clouds, among the dots and the dashes of a sheet, Apostrophes, the softness of my tongue,

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  • I Had a Dream

    Our hearts felt heavy; very heavy. No future seemed to await us. Injections had already been prepared for us and placed on a white board, in case we wanted to put ourselves down for a long eternal sleep. The door was left unsecured. A heavy triple glass door that led to the deadly engine. A tall man opened the door and went inside the hallway towards the engine room.

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  • Paradise of Nothingness

    Justly laughs at Iraq. Justly laughs at lads struggling with a drunken policeman: His forged badges in his coat and his hands are fettered to a coined Dirhems of gasp and sever cold. What shining badges on his miserable chest! What a feathery hat; punctured while it avoids the thunderbolt with an amputated head! What badges of bravery hanging over like the keys of a banker,

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  • THE WOMAN WHO SANG

    They never admitted that when they headed out to get water in the morning, her voice greeted them at least a block before they reached the springs—it weaved around the buildings, wrapped itself around the trees, permeated into their clothes, their skin, and got all the way through to their hearts, which filled with longing and could no longer fit inside their bodies.

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  • Kaimaniya. Voices

    you’re a sick hahahaah she’s definitely sick look at her a sick little bitch a moron she needs treatment hahahaha she wants to get a spider she sits at home thinking we’ll go away hahahahah she’s blasting that music hahahahaha a sick little bitch the whole street knows she’s sick we’ve known her since childhood she’s stupid really stupid look the sicko is coming look she’s coming

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  • POEMS

    a couple of sun rays to what is already clear how fares your palestine? when will it let you go? how fares your heart amidst the strange and the alien? i’m muddling up words. languages. in the evenings i read that Lord’s love’s parceled out by abraham’s children out rolls the spring on a camel laden with gifts green turns the cover and contents of your koran – sort of a book devised by

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  • Poème sur l’Ukraine

    Là où sont engendrées les guerres, là où poussent les herbes du désespoir Puis le ciel a déchiré ses vêtements, un à un Ses joues griffées par les ongles de la peur. Avant de rencontrer les foulards de tes poèmes Déployés sur les bateaux d’Odessa et sur les navires tristes, Je disais : « Seuls les grands poètes écrivent de la poésie sincère »

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  • POEMS

    Poems come in different kinds. They may be tall – or not really. Women – or not really. Poems grow too but they do not need watered, they are not trees and you are not water. For a poem to grow he or she needs to be rocked. You may encounter a poem missing a leg or an arm, but there’s no need to be sad – they can regrow them like lizards who lose their tails and find them again.

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  • Du bon côté de la mer

    Paris ! La capitale de la culture: Beaubourg, le Louvre, l'Opéra, la Sorbonne (où Merab Mamardashvili lui-même a donné des conférences !), le Quartier Latin, Montmartre... Une larme chaude coule sur la joue du jeune Djigit. C'est à cette tradition que lui et son peuple appartiennent, et non à la steppe sauvage d'Asie. C'est sa patrie spirituelle ! Ensuite, s'il s'envole pour Londres, Berlin

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  • TWO POEMS

    Yet distances are bridges that cannot separate us, for we gathered the light in the well of our eyes, we visited night’s broken branches. I want you to know that you are never alone and that in every empty inch there is a crowd moving and each smile comes -please remember it- from the secret fountain of goodness. Know that we’ll have to ask

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  • The Creator of Soap Bubbles and other poems

    Moisten your breath with her crossed questions on graveyards until the moon has fallen down. And once the moon has fallen down, close your eyes. Find a space beside her and die! This desire, as this life, does not bear all this clarity. She, with her octopod vagina, swallowed swarms of my day to teach me how life could be my concern, like poetry and

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  • To Sasha in early February

    Let me imagine you will grow back into tiny feet and perky giggle, tasting sand from the back of your hand while I watch asphalt burst with heat, the husk of August cracking with the burden of the cerulean blue, juicy half peaches on the napkin next to me, trying to hold on to the faint glow of the late afternoon before you are one step closer to radiant cheekbones, velvet lipstick, a knot of scratchy

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  • Six Poems from 26 Poems

    I owe everything to you. Clay the unsafe scaffolding of divine guilt, the shadow of those who shaped the pyramid with a sense of goodness. Before I could say “save me” from you I was born. Inside your soft belly throbbed the strange substance creating, O God of excess, the fear of the future existence that I owed. (Where no wind blows the candlelight flickers, longing for the startled youthful

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  • Lyrical Forms of Trauma

    All in all, Borbély’s works are characterised by meaningful enjambments, fragmented poetic form and intense musicality. A painful life event also affected Borbély’s literary thoughts. On the night before Christmas Eve of 2000, his parents were brutally attacked in a burglary-murder: the poet’s mother was bludgeoned to death as she was sleeping; his father suffered serious injuries. After his mother

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  • On Your Breast, By the Cross!

    Lost in the clouds, I seek refuge in the soil; Your breast... Who waters it with my salty spittle And with the sweat of the clouds? Who guards the kisses amassed on its hillside. and drags those destinies with his ropes? Who converses with the thief, and shakes the clouds with the voice of an uncertain god? Who finds tranquility in the shape of your sunken breast? Who settles in his land for a time

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  • Reflections on Crowe

    I know this place is stasis he rhymed like this symphonic we could have laughed but the long black bending legs kept taking me drugged and unawares to the jungle of sensation misword him standing at the station: but he never tied the speed freak to the tracks trying to crack this pulsing chest and let out the wings I cannot breathe with this internal everything possible becomes graspable light stained griffins

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