Flowers for the Wretched

Flowers for the Wretched

Briana Austin
June 11, 2020
This poem was written in response to the killings of unarmed African Americans, including Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Flowers for the Wretched Lady Libertyyour huddled masses have arrivedand we can’t breathe.Lady LibertyYou need glassesto see that the shackles around your ankleare still strangling us.You need to say ...
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How to Talk to Fascists

How to Talk to Fascists

Marcia Tiburi
April 18, 2019
This is the second of two segments featuring Brazilian writer Marcia Tiburi. The following excerpt is from her 2015 philosophical treatise How to Talk to Fascists and is Tiburi’s English-language debut. To learn about Tiburi’s story of exile, read her interview with Maya Best. How to Talk to Fascists by ...
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Three Short Stories by Osama Alomar

Three Short Stories by Osama Alomar

Osama Alomar translated from the Arabic by C.J. Collins with the author
May 1, 2017
Love Letter DEAR MINERVA: I don’t know how it happened. All I know is that the flowers of my feelings blossomed in the spring of your beauty with its powers of birth and its shining radiance in all parts of the globe all at once. Do you remember how we ...
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The Game

The Game

Yaghoub Yadali and translated by Parvaneh Torkamani
April 4, 2014
First Story Lili divided the mashed potato into two parts and put each on a plate. Lili wished she had some carrots to put next to the mash. That way Danial would get a little bit of vitamins. There was still some money left from the sale of Danial’s novel, ...
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Letter to City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

Letter to City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

Huang Xiang Translated by Michelle Yeh
September 22, 2010
Before the Tiananmen Massacre took place on June 4, 1989, I had been engaged in literary activities at five universities in Beijing. In 1987, I was charged with “disturbing peace of society” and incarcerated in Wang Wu Labor Camp in Guiyang, Guizhou Province. After the Tiananmen incident, I was placed ...
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