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  • MPT is the magazine of the international Republic of Letters. We publish the best of world poetry, from Siberia to Chile, from Wales to Japan.
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  • Readers and contributors move among and between the languages.
  • MPT crosses frontiers of space and time. It publishes lively and up-to-the-minute versions of the poetry of any language in any age.
  • MPT publishes long-established poets and translators alongside others who are just beginning to make their way.

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No.1 2016 The Great Flight

The Great Flight

2016 Number 1

‘The Great Flight’ focusses on refugee poetry – poetry by refugees and about the plight of refugees and migrants. It introduce...

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From The Great Flight
2016 Number 1

An introduction to the issue by Sasha Dugdale

Molly Crabapple, the cover artist for this special refugee issue of MPT, sent me a portrait in response to the poems I sent her from the issue. When I asked Molly to write about the subject of the portrait she replied:

This is a portrait of my friend Zoza, a Kurdish artist from Aleppo. An early supporter of the revolution, Zoza finally had to leave Syria in 2014, and now, like so many Syrians in exile, lives in Gaziantep, Turkey. We met working on a mural at a school for Syrian refugee ki...

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From The Great Flight
2016 Number 1

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From The Great Flight
2016 Number 1

Shash Trevett reviews Those Destined to Bear Witness

Those Destined to Bear Witness
Lost Evenings, Lost Lives, translated and edited by Lakshmi Holmström and Sascha Ebeling, Arc Publications, 2015

Lost Evenings, Lost Lives, is a bilingual anthology of Tamil poetry. The poems, arranged in broadly chronological order, trace the events of the civil war in Sri Lanka, as witnessed and absorbed by the Tamil poets in question. Beginning in 1977 and ending in 2015, the 32 anthologised poets have been elegantly and sensitively translated, capturing in E...

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