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No.3 2017 War of the Beasts and the Animals

War of the Beasts and the Animals

2017 Number 3

MPT’s autumn issue ‘War of the Beasts and the Animals’ focuses on Ukrainian and Russian poetry, with a selection of new transl...

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From War of the Beasts and the Animals
2017 Number 3

An introduction to the issue by Sasha Dugdale

This, my last, issue of MPT features poems of conflict and protest from Russia and Ukraine. The conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine is politically intricate, and at the same time it is diabolically simple. In 2014 Russia covertly invaded an area of Ukraine with an ethnically and linguistically Russian population after illegally annexing the Crimea. A fierce war broke out, with daily casualties and atrocities, and even now it smoulders on in the area. Propaganda and false truths draw a vei...

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2017 Number 3

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From War of the Beasts and the Animals
2017 Number 3

JENNIFER LANGER reviews When They Broke Down the Door by Fatemeh Shams, translated by Dick Davis

This moving dual-language poetry collection by the Iranian exiled poet Fatemeh Shams is her first collection in English and is translated from the Persian by the eminent Persian scholar Dick Davis. Shams has previously published two collections in Persian: 88 (2013) and Writing in the Mist (2015). Sham’s first collection of poetry in English represents an emotional journey that many follow in exile. A recurring theme is the visceral anguish of exile from Iran and the shifting forms of memory p...

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