Mother Father Poem

Mother Father Poem

David Kherdian      Perhaps it is time to remember ourselves and each other as we were, not warring, but not yet at peace, only…

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The Steel Veil by Jack Marshall; Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, MN

The Steel Veil by Jack Marshall; Coffee House Press, Minneapolis, MN

A Review and an Appreciation by Sam Hamod   “The poems have grown out of and were provoked by my experience of aging and memory—from…

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Advent of Spring

Advent of Spring

 Du Fu The city has fallen: only the hills and rivers remain.     In Spring the streets were green with grass and trees.     Sorrowing…

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Entering the Evening of Lights

Entering the Evening of Lights

Santiago   So many evenings, there is darkness, but on this evening, the lights of Buenos Aires shine so  bright that even the stars become…

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For My Daughter Casi, Thirty Years Old

For My Daughter Casi, Thirty Years Old

R.A. Rycraft Photos fade as memories often do – as this one has. The frigid air of your uncle’s Store House – Sunrise Natural Foods,…

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Holiday in Honolulu

Holiday in Honolulu

Garrett Hongo after a photograph     Billie in a yellow bikini and without the gardenia in her hair, But instead a dark hibiscus, plump…

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Walt Whitman's Poem of Atlantis

Walt Whitman’s Poem of Atlantis

Martin Burke     Harbours. Good to arrive at, better to depart from. I have found such a one in this continent. It said: welcome….

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George Orwell and Language Control

George Orwell and Language Control

Duff Brenna             One of George Orwell’s main concerns with capitalist, fascist, or communist societies was the ruthlessness they showed toward all other forms of…

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Growing Up Muslim-Lebanese in America

Growing Up Muslim-Lebanese in America

Sam Hamod   Often when I’m introduced to Anglos, people say, “Did you say Hammond or was it Hamon?” I reply, “Hamod, like Mohammed.”  In…

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Nazim Qutb and the Magic Kufta

Nazim Qutb and the Magic Kufta

Sam Hamod   Once upon a time, it seems, during the reign of the first strong president of Pakistan, Ayub Khan– President Khan decided he…

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The Circular Ruins "Las Ruinas Circulares"

The Circular Ruins “Las Ruinas Circulares”

Jorge Luis Borges   No one saw him disembark in the unanimous night, no one saw the bamboo canoe sink into the sacred mud, but…

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Two Beautiful Eyes

Two Beautiful Eyes

Peyo Yavorov   Two beautiful eyes. The soul of a child In two beautiful eyes – music, rays. They don’t want and they don’t promise……

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Flower

Flower

Aleksander Pushkin   The flower, very dry and scentless, I see in the forgotten book; And now, with the strangest fancies, Is filled my soul’s…

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On Prayer

On Prayer

Czelaw Milosz   You ask me how to pray to someone who is not. All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge And…

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Under The Sink

Under The Sink

Assef Lahab Al Jundi   يريدُ العلمُ لنا أن نُؤمن بأنّ الخيول والطيور والفراشات جاءت إلى الوجود بانفجار كبير. ولكن ما الذي انفجر؟ من أشعل…

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TITHE

TITHE

Jack Marshall                    “Hitler bought off Pius XIII’s Vatican with a tithe from German taxes of one billion.   Each year the Pontiff sent birthday…

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The Loss of Granada: Al-Hambra ; Al-Andalus, Spain; 1492

The Loss of Granada: Al-Hambra ; Al-Andalus, Spain; 1492

 Sam Hamod    His mother said, “ Bu-Abdul, do not cry to me, you are not mine, nor are you your father’s son, you, I…

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The Ghazal: Expressing the Inexpressible

The Ghazal: Expressing the Inexpressible

Shadab Zeest Hashmi My first encounter with the ghazal had to have happened at home where my parents played ghazal LPs on their Phillips record…

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Welcome to the First Issue of Contemporary World Literature: Journal of the Arts

Welcome to the First Issue of Contemporary World Literature: Journal of the Arts

At Contemporary World Literature: Journal of the Arts, we believe that great literature is made up of high quality, diverse writing, from around the world. Too often…

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Last Night

Last Night

Faiz Ahmed Faiz   Last Night raat yuuN dil meN terii khoyii hu’ii yaad aayii jaise viiraane meN chupke se bahaar aa jaaye jaise sehraaoN…

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Rubiyat #35

Rubiyat #35

Ali Al-Jundi   الفقراء ينامون على الأرصفة بلا أى غطاءْ! وتلاحقهم دوريات الشرطة تمنعهم من موت يدهمهم… ويلاحقهم حقد الآباء… يارب العالم ان كنت الهاً…

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Quiet

Quiet

Kristen Scott When twilight beds down with night the world calms birds hush we nestle together entwined in the lull Kristen Scott has published poetry…

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COLORS OF THE FALL

COLORS OF THE FALL

Sam Hamod leaves move more slowly now, there is a brittleness you can smell in the air, changes of colors speak only of that one…

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