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Poems by Somaya El Sousi

Somaya El Sousi (1974) is a Palestinian poet from Gaza. She made her debut in 1998 with her poetry collection The First Sip of the Sea's Chest. EL Sousi has published five poetry collections. For a...

Poems: Somaya El Sousi May 26 2021
Poetry

A Poet behind Israeli bars

Dareen Tatour is a Palestinian poet, playwright, and photographer from the Arab town Reineh between Nazareth and Qana in Galilee. Body and soul, she is an activist—her resistance to the occupation of...

Poem: Dareen Tatour March 24 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
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
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
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

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
Poetry

Two poems by Aaiún Nin

Aaiun Nin, Angolan spoken word poet and artist, was born in Luanda but currently lives in Copenhagen. Nin’s work touches on themes of racism and sexuality and it is an ongoing examination of pain and...

Text: Aaiún Nin October 06 2020
Poetry

Four poems from Hong Kong

Matthew Cheng — poet, critic, and editor of the magazine Voice and Verse. He has published three collections of poetry and is the co-author of Wait and See, an anthology of poetry by six young Hong...

Text: Matthew Cheng September 17 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir

In the poem “A bird clock” the Icelandic poet Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir speaks to us from an unknown place far away. The poem becomes a personal meditation on the interaction of the quiet moments of...

Text: Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir July 21 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Arinda Daphine

With her politically loaded texts the performing poet and social justice lawyer Arinda Daphine calls for action. She wants to awaken her audience and contribute to change in Uganda — a country...

Text: Arinda Daphine June 16 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Tahir Hamut

Tahir Hamut is considered one of the foremost modernist poets in the Uyghur language today. For three years in the 1990s, he was jailed in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after being falsely accused...

Text: Tahir Hamut May 15 2020
Poetry

Two poems by Erkan Kadir

“There’s no land for us,” writes the poet Erkan Kadir in his poem “Poverty” about the tragic destiny of the Uyghur in China. In 2016 he left the Xinjiang Province in China for studies in Turkey, but...

Author: Erkan Kadir May 08 2020
Poetry

To my friends from Chile

In 2003 the writer and poet Abdushukur Muhammet fled the oppression in the Xinjiang Province in China. Today he lives with his family in Sweden. His three published works in Uyghur can no longer be...

Text: Abdushukur Muhammet April 27 2020

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