Four Poems / Cuatro Poemas

Four Poems / Cuatro Poemas

Jorge Olivera Castillo
September 6, 2022
Totalitarianism. The night when it is eternalaches like a knife woundfreshly sharpenedthe question is knowing (how) to survivewithout the ritual magic of the dawn. Totalitarismo. La noche cuando es eternaduele como una herida de cuchillorecién afiladola cuestión es aprender a sobrevivirsin el mágico ritual del alba. A single blow. I’m ...
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Being Nowhere: Stasis and Motion

Being Nowhere: Stasis and Motion

Simten Coşar
August 29, 2022
On foreignness, fear, and steel — and how the author experienced exile in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Simten Coşar and her dog Dört by the sea. To my father, Ergün Coşar (1934 – 2020) I arrived in Pittsburgh on a cold January evening, after a long sunny ...
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Flowers for the Wretched

Flowers for the Wretched

Brianna 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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