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from WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier

I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live.

Alberto Ríos by Yezmin Villarreal
Mariposa Port Nogales

“A weight carried by two, weighs only half as much.”

Heimrad Bäcker’s Transcript by Vanessa Place
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Adorno wrote that there could be no lyric poetry after Auschwitz; Duchamp made art an afterword.

At the Savoy by Joseph Chapman
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The ballroom fills with Harlem’s skin.

Four Poems by Raúl Zurita

1973

They’ve bombarded La Moneda and a

Martyrdom by Anne Waldman

dialogue was something like this:

how long will you away and acting so odd and

Three Poems by Juan Felipe Herrera

my father lights the kerosene lamp, his beard bitten, hands
wet from the river, where he kneels to pray in the mornings,

Three Poems by Faraj Bayraqdar

Translation, like any public act, must be strategic to have any effect. 

Poem Written From November 30 to March 27 by Juliana Spahr

After September 11, I kept thinking that the United States wouldn’t invade Afghanistan. I was so wrong about that.

Nosotros Necesitamos Zapatos Para Zapatistas by Federico Perez

This First Proof contains the poem “Nosotros Necesitamos Zapatos Para Zapatistas.”

Shrinking Away by Jim Northrup

Survived the war but
was having trouble

Animal Crackers by Richard de Zoysa

“Draw me a lion.”
So I set my pen

The Poet by Lakdasa Wikkramasinha

Poem by Lakdasa Wikkramasinha—for the Sri Lankan Poetry portfolio. 

Three Poems by Sunil Gangopadhyay
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Calcutta is a dead weight on my heart: / I must destroy her before I go.

El Chupadero by Zoë Anglesey

Before bird whistles break the pre-dawn silence,

At War by Victoria Redel
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S.O.F by Roberto Vargas

Soldiers of “Fortune”
Never believe magazine

A Possible Account by Rigoberto Paredes
Elegy by José Luis Quesada

They fell,
they fell softly

Two Poems by Isabel de los Ángeles Ruano

The Banished

Today I visited a deserted cemetery,

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