In this issue of MPT

Introductions, Series 3 No. 1

Edited by Helen Constantine, David Constantine

The first issue of MPT in the new series, edited by David and Helen Constantine. In their Editorial they promise two things: that they will continue the tradition of the magazine founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort and direct it also to deal truthfully with the world as it is today – a world whose hallmark is ‘instability and ferment, the voluntary and enforced movement of large numbers of people, over Europe and worldwide’.

‘Introductions’ contains Mahmoud Darwish’s ‘A State of Siege’, translated by Sarah Maguire and Sabry Hafez – the first publication of that important and deeply moving work in English entire. Also poems by Philippe Jaccottet (trs Helen Constantine) and Boris Ryzhy (trs Sasha Dugdale), two writers very different in age, poetics and circumstances, a juxtapostion that will be characteristic of MPT. An essay by Charlie Louth, entitled ‘The Traveller’, reviews and celebrates the work, as translator, of Michael Hamburger, a contributor from the very beginnings of MPT until his death in 2007.  Languages represented in MPT 3/1 are Arabic, Russian, Italian, Irish, Spanish (Costa Rica and Cuba) French and German.


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Series 3 No.1 -  Introductions

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In Introductions

Poetry and Features

Editorial  David and Helen Constantine

Mahmoud Darwish ‘A State of Siege’, translated by Sarah Maguire from Arabic (Palestine)

Boris Ryzhy, Nine Poems, translated by Sasha Dugdale from Russian

Giorgio Caproni, 'Ligurian Suite' translated by Robert Hahn from Italian

Liam Ó Muirthile, Five Poems, translated by Bernard O’Donoghue from Irish

Eunice Odio, 'Ode to the Hudson' translated by Keith Ekiss from Spanish (Costa Rica)

Luciano Erba, Eleven Poems, translated by Peter Robinson from Italian

Philippe Jaccottet, extracts from 'Cahier de Verdure' (Green Notebook) translated by Helen Constantine and David Constantine from French 

Jorge Yglesias,Two Introductions and Five Poems translated by Peter Bush from Spanish (Cuba)

Gerhard Falkner, Eight Poems translated by Richard Dove from German


The Traveller - A Tribute to Michael Hamburger by Charlie Louth 

Issue highlights

  • From Palestine: Mahmoud Darwish’s ‘A State of Siege’
  • From Russia: Boris Ryzhy
  • A Tribute to Michael Hamburger
  • From Ireland: Liam Ó Muirthile
  • From Italy: Luciano Erba
  • From France: Philippe Jaccottet

... a triumphant demonstration of what taste, discrimination and sheer commitment can achieve, with the right support ...John Pilling, PN Review

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