Greetings to the People of Europe!
By Alemu Tebeje, translated by Chris Beckett, Alemu Tebeje
Over land and sea, your fathers came to Africa
and unpacked bibles by the thousand,
filling our ancestors with words of lo...
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Unveiling our brand new website, celebrating the very first issue of Modern Poetry in Translation!
Modern Poetry in Translation turned fifty in 2016! As part of our celebrations marking this anniversary year we've launched a special microsite dedicated to the very first issue of Modern Poetry in Translation.
This website makes the entire contents of the first issue publicly available for the first time since 1965, including all of the poems, a history page, commissi...
Fucking Obsessed - Nia Davies on translating Mariam Alatar
Fury drew me in to Mariam Alatar's poetry. At the Reel Iraq translation workshop, where these translations were made, I leafed through poem upon poem of defiance at social and gendered constraints, at abuse of religious faith, violence, oppressive family power dynamics, de-humanising technology, estrangement and war.
I write poetry like I breathe; I write poetry like I’m talking to you now; I write poetry without being aware of what I’m doing […]. I wrote a poem, very complex, and twenty-four hours later, if you asked me about it, I wouldn’t tell you anything; I forget the poem completely; it becomes obliterated in my mind one hundred per cent.
(José Kozer in an interview in Jack...
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