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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.
  • 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 2017 A Blossom Shroud

A Blossom Shroud

2017 Number 2

MPT’s summer issue ‘A Blossom Shroud’ focuses on poets and translators associated with this year’s Shubbak festival of Arab Cu...

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From A Blossom Shroud
2017 Number 2

An introduction to the issue by Sasha Dugdale

Mona Kareem, activist, translator and poet, talks in this issue about her translations of Ashraf Fayadh’s Instructions Within. Fayadh was imprisoned in Saudia Arabia and sentenced to death for apostasy on the evidence of this collection. Mona notes the collective spirit of the translation and how it brought with it companionship, a ‘secret love’ which bound Fayadh’s translators together in the face of monstrosity. Marilyn Hacker, the translator of Syrian activist and exile Fadwa Souleiman, wri...

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2017 Number 2

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