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Theme: Exploded Hearts of the Arab Spring

Editorial

Exploded Hearts of the Arab Spring

“A poem is a thought that bores through the heart—exploding it” - Marie Lundquist Ten years have passed since we...

Text: Kholod Saghir, Acting chief-in-editor January 25 2021
Poetry

Poem by Abdulwahab Latinos

On Aug. 20, 2020, Sudanese poet Abdel Wahab Latinos drowned in the English Channel with an unknown number of African immigrants. Death and the desire to diminish were frequent themes in Abdel Wahab’s...

Poem: Abdulwahab Latinos March 03 2021
Article

National Allegories: The Case of Poet Abdel Wahab Latinos

Naljaa Altom is a Sudanese poet, writer, translator, academic, and intellectual activist. She was born in Khartoum in 1975 and since a few years back she lives in Sweden as a dissident. She also...

Text: Najlaa Eltom March 03 2021
Poetry

Poems by Muhammad Ashraf

Muhammed Ashraf: poet and writer from Egypt, born in 1990 in the town of Mnoufieh. Currently he lives in Berlin as an ICORN writer. Beside his two collections of poetry, Hologram and I Ate Adam and...

Poems: Muhammad Ashraf January 25 2021
Article

Female Poets and the Egyptian Revolution

An avid reader or a person interested in poetry often find that certain lines and images become indelible and keep recurring. A father cawing like a crow or a woman baking bread in the ruins of a war...

Text: Hoda Omran January 25 2021

Theme: Belarus

Article

Children of the Dictatorship

Near the Janka Kupala Park in central Minsk there is a statue of the child soldier and war hero Marat Kazei. Children play around the enormous stone fundament, on which the fourteen-year-old Kazei is...

Text: Nadya Kandrusevich-Shidlovskaya February 07 2021
Article

To stage a Revolution

The array of theatres in Minsk when we lived there 1997-99 was perfect for a family with smaller children. Within walking distance, we had them in a row: the circus, the puppet theatre, the cinema...

Text: Jacob Hirdwall February 02 2021
Poetry

Rose Pandemic

We woke up. We heard voices calling us, we heard our own voices crying out. The people’s uprising in Belarus became a mighty wave erupting from somewhere that looked like nowhere, which wasn’t true...

Poems: Valzhyna Mort January 20 2021
Article

Belarus - A Nation Being Reborn

“He blocked the sun.” This is what Uladzimir Njakljajeu said in 2012 when the then Swedish Ambassador Stefan Eriksson was forced to leave Belarus. The one blocked was of course the President. Yes, the...

Text: Stefan Eriksson January 13 2021
Poetry

Prison Poems

In early September, the poet, musician, and PEN member Uladzimir Liankevich was arrested during a peaceful manifestation in Minsk. He was sentenced to six days in prison. He was again arrested in...

Poems: Uladzimir Liankevich December 15 2020
Poetry

Unprotected

The crackdown on the peaceful protesters during the first days of August was strikingly violent. Many were arrested and beaten, at least one person was killed. In ”The Unprotected”, a series of poems...

poems: Hanna Komar December 15 2020
Article

Fascism as Memory

Introducing a well-known author to a new audience is not easy. Let us therefore get it over and done with. Alherd Bakharevich is one of the best authors in Belarus. Despite the fact that he does not...

Text: Alherd Bakharevich December 07 2020
Poetry

Protest poems

On October 21, one of Belarus' foremost poets, Dmitry Strotsev (b. 1963) disappeared without a trace. The day after, his name appeared on a list of interns at the infamous Akrestsina Detention Centre...

Poems: Dmitry Strotsev November 29 2020

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