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The Singing of the Scythe

The Singing of the Scythe

No.3 2014

'The Singing of the Scythe' is a selection of WW1 poetry like no oth...

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The Price of Time on the Île Saint-Germain

The stretching shadows of passers-by
Stake out cosmic time across the lawn
And each blade of grass has cast its own

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Translation workshop with acclaimed poet Marina Boroditskaya

Monday 9th March 2015 5-7pm.
Pushkin House, London.

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Come and translate Russian poetry with one of Russia’s best-loved children’s authors and poets. Marina Boroditskaya will be here in person to help with translations of her poems into English and to discuss Russian poetry in translation with a small group. This workshop is supported by Modern Poetry in...

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A large and well preserved portion of a new poem by Sappho was discovered on a papyrus from a private collection and published by Dirk Obbink in early 2014, and dubbed by him “The Brothers Poem”:

… But you’re always chattering that Kharaxos comes, his ship with fully stuffed hold. As to that, Zeus and the gods only know, but these thoughts should not be in your head.


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The Golden Apple: A Round of Stories, Songs, Spells, Proverbs and Riddles

Also a review of:

Verónica Volkow
Arcana & Other Poems.
translated by Michael Smith and Luis Ingelmo.
Shearsman, 2009.
Bilingual edition.124pp paperback, £9.95, ISBN 978184610569

Both Vasko Popa’s anthology of Serbo-Croatian folk literature and Verónica Volkow’s poems, collected from volumes published over fifteen years in her native Mexico, resonate with the inf...

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