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2nd November 2017


War of the Beasts and the Animals

The autumn 2017 issue of MPT ‘War of the Beasts and the Animals’ has now been sent to the printers, and will go to subscribers in mid-November. With this issue, we also bid a fond farewell to Sasha Dugdale, who departs after five brilliant years as editor of MPT, and we prepare to welcome Clare Pollard as editor.

About this issue

MPT’s autumn issue ‘War of the Beasts and the Animals’ focuses on Ukrainian and Russian poetry, with a selection of new translations of Ukrainian poets writing about the war in the Donbas, including the acclaimed war poet Serhiy Zhadan as well as Oksana Lutsyshyna, Boris Khersonsky and Vasyl Makhno. This work is published in collaboration with a new US anthology Words for War. Alongside the Ukrainian poetry we’ve placed Russian poetry of protest, including the epic poem ‘War of the Beasts and the Animals’ by poet and activist Maria Stepanova, published for the first time in English. The magazine also features poetry by Yannis Ritsos in David Harsent’s translation; new translations of Friedrich Hölderlin by David Constantine; a selection of text ‘modules’ by Polish poet Bronka Nowicka, winner of the NIKE Prize; and poems by the French contemporary poet Ariane Dreyfus in specially commissioned translations by poets Olivia McCannon and Susan Wicks. All in this new issue of the groundbreaking magazine dedicated to poetry in translation: for the best in world poetry read MPT.

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