green cassette tape unspooled on a creamy beige background I needed to show that Caribbean people are real people, with real problems, and that our problems are no less substantial than yours. You can’t appreciate our triumphs in the realm of art or culture unless you appreciate our trials, too.” Celeste Mohammed   |   New Podcast Interview » green cassette tape unspooled on a creamy beige background Time fills with holes / and puts the scarce body / into one of them // It covers its skeleton of wind / so the current / doesn’t rub against its prickly outside.” Poems by María Paz Guerrero   |   Translated by Stephanie Malak » green cassette tape unspooled on a creamy beige background Though Kinsella is a dense and ramified poet, basic affirmations stand out in his work: of the land, and especially, of animals.” Nicholas Birns   |   Review of INSOMNIA »
Cover of Here is A Body by Basma Abdel Aziz

Excerpt: The Abduction

BASMA ABDEL AZIZ
They came at four o’clock in the morning and I was too sleepy to get out of the way in time. They trampled on the big trash bin and planted their heavy boots on the mass of bodies. My hand was crushed under someone’s boot, along with Emad’s arm.

Headshot of Nina Kossman

Report Card

NINA KOSSMAN
Seven years after their graduation, most of my father’s German classmates and their parents were forced to accept Hitler’s so called “Volksdeutsche” invitation and migrated to Germany, many of them losing everything they had, including of course, their homes in Latvia.

Bogota

Translation: Poems by María Paz Guerrero

MARÍA PAZ GUERRERO
Time fills with holes / and puts the scarce body / into one of them // It covers its skeleton of wind / so the current / doesn’t rub against its prickly outside // The air would split into smithereens / if it were touched by the spines // It doesn’t seek to become cuts on the cheek

Kreptitz Cliff

Untitled (Letter to Rügen)

GUNTHER GELTINGER
The fields of flint rock bordered by the moors struck her as being from another hemisphere; on the Zicker Mountains she felt as if she were in Scotland; and the Kreptitz Cliff, with its windblown hawthorn bushes and allure for amber seekers, reminded her of a secluded coast in New Zealand, where she's never been.

Cover of Insomnia by John Kinsella

Review: Insomnia by John Kinsella

NICHOLAS BIRNS
Kinsella is an Australian poet, now in his late fifties, who is at once one of the most widely recognized figures in contemporary poetry yet still too little known in some literary quarters.

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