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An Echo

Students studying the writing programme at the Fryshuset Upper Secondary School in Stockholm have collectively written poetry in answer to voices in the issue “Exploded Hearts of the Arab Spring” (PEN...

Text: Julia, Sara, Walter, Assassinmidnight, Sofia, Noah October 08 2021
Poetry

About the skulls - a poem by K Zar Win

The poet K Zar Win, whose poems have appeared in Myanmar magazines since 2004, was killed in a protest in Monywa March 3 2021. K Zar Win was born to a peasant family in Latpadaung near Monywa in 1982...

Poem: K Zar Win October 01 2021
Poetry

Flower Revolution

Khet Mar (born 1969) is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist. As a twenty-two-year-old university student, she was arrested for her political activism, tortured, and sentenced to ten...

Text: Khet Mar October 01 2021
Poetry

Poem by Hoda Khamosh

Hoda Khamosh is poet, media activist, and women’s rights activist from Afghanistan. She attended the Merci Poetry Festival in Gotenburg the 4 th of September through a recorded video. She read this...

Poem: Hoda Khamosh September 24 2021
Poetry

Beirut, 4th of August 2020, a poem by Akl Awit

Akl Awit born 1952, is a Lebanese poet, critic, university lecturer, journalist and writer for the Lebanese daily An-Nahar. He teaches Arabic literature at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Awit has...

Poem: Akl Awit August 27 2021
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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

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