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We want the best of the world's writing. We discover it and welcome it.

  • 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.
  • MPT seeks to widen and vary the whole idea and practice of translation. There are essays, discussions, and any number of examples.
  • 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.2 2014 The Constellation

The Constellation

No.2 2014

'The Constellation', is MPT's Poetry International issue, summer 2014.

Poetry International Festival was founded by Ted Hughe...

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From The Constellation
No.2 2014

An introduction to the issue by Sasha Dugdale

In July 1971 Poetry International took place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, and in Cardiff and Edinburgh. Readers included Yehuda Amichai, Tadeusz Różewicz, the Austrian Ernst Jandl, W.H. Auden and Denise Levertov. An issue of Modern Poetry in Translation served as the programme for the festival. It appeared in a beautiful gold cardboard cover, courtesy of Benson and Hedges who donated the card from their cigarette box production, and the design featured striking red, black and...

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Selected poems

From The Constellation
No.2 2014

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Features and Reviews

From The Constellation
No.2 2014

The Mahabharata

By Vidyan Ravinthiran

R.K. Narayan, The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic, University of Chicago Press, 2013

What I remember most clearly are the arrows. How the camera followed each of them through the air with a whizzing sound effect as in a cartoon – till it hit home, or missed.

I could verify this impression today, since B.R. Chopra’s ninety- four episode television adaptation of the Mahabharata is predictably available on Youtube. But I prefer not to: some things should remain...

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