Sudeep Sen presents poems by Italian writer, poet, and translator Annelisa, translated by Maria Bennett & Bill Wolak.
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Two poems by Georgy Ivanov, introduced by translator Boris Dralyuk, who offers a poem of his own in tribute.
Sudeep Sen presents poems by Russian poet Stanislav Lvovsky, translated by M. Weinstein.
Editor Ilan Stavans explains his most recent anthology: Neruda’s All of the Odes. “Is there a poet from antiquity Neruda is in closer dialogue with than Lucretius? Both champion a humble, secular—a poet with a scientific eye, an alchemist, a magus.”
Uzbeki writer Hamid Ismailov discusses translation, 1980s Moscow, the cross-pollination of Uzbek and Russian literature, censorship and repression, and the importance of technology.
World Literature Today Managing Editor Michelle Johnson and Australian poet John Mateer compile their eclectic Best of 2013 lists.
Piotr Florczyk reads way too many books, and Anthony Seidman reports from the San Ysidro Jack In The Box
Contributing Editor John Mateer elegizes Nelson Mandela with his English-language Xhosa praise poem.
Sudeep Sen presents poems by Prague-based poet Louis Armand, author of over 30 books and translator of Véronique Vassiliou and several Maghrebi writers.
Sudeep Sen presents poems by Basque poet Rikardo Arregi, winner of the Spanish Critics Prize, translated into English by Amaia Gabantxo.
Sudeep Sen presents poems by Danish poet Pia Tafdrup, translated by David McDuff. Tafdrup, a member of the Danish Academy, received the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1999 and the Nordic Prize in 2006 from the Swedisjh Academy.
For me, as a poet, as someone wanting to rid my language of violence, I thought I must return to contemplate what can be found in this strange, ghostly English I use, to find what represents Arabic vestige and what that poetics might be.