Friday, 17 January 2020

Letter to Time - Claribel Alegría

Dear Sir:
I am writing this letter on my birthday.
I received your present. I don’t like it.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Vincent and the Orient - Lorna Goodison

The blackbird in the bougainvillea bush
brushes against the powder blue sky.
The carnelian froth of the flowering tree,
and the way that this picture
framed itself inside my window,

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Basic Overhaul - Nijole Miliauskaite

in a frenzy I turn the whole house upside down
from basement to attic, amazing myself, I can't stop wondering
what imp has possessed me, it's really
so ludicrous

Monday, 13 January 2020

We Are Never Too Old for Loving - Sidonie Grünwald-Zirkovitz

We are never too old for loving.
Happy is he, who does not deny it
And strides through fate as if it were nothing,
For, by love, will he always be guided.

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Letter on Torment - ‎Rastko Nemanjić

I blended into witless mob
and levelled with them,
being destitute of good deeds
and rich in desire,

Saturday, 11 January 2020

The springtime of our lives is brief - Petar II Petrović-Njegoš

The springtime of our lives is brief,
A scorching summer follows behind,
A turbulent autumn and a freezing winter;

Friday, 10 January 2020

Bird Shadow - Tanaka Ikuko

Winter morning a little bird on the road
Perhaps shot
through the hole by its eye
Turning it over, I touch yellow breast down

Thursday, 9 January 2020

21 - Dejido Bejide

It was formless, weightless, and faceless
Like a vile scene that plagues the head of an infant,

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Incursion of the Crimean Tartars - Anonymous

Not a mighty cloud has covered the sky,
Nor mighty thunders have thundered:
Whither travels the dog, Crimea's tsar? —
To the mighty tsarate of Muscovy.