Safaa al Saray- Iraqi poet and journalist

حزن الشعب  حزني أعيدهم  أعد أي دع الينابيع  قلبي  على صحراءهم  تتدفق هذه زهور في روحي حديقة البشر صفا السراي– People’s sadness is my sadness Their feasts are mine Let the wellspring of my life flow onto their deserts These flowers in my soul are gardens of people. –Safaa al Saray from the NYTimes article …

Do You Speak Persian? by Kaveh Akbar: Farsi and English

آیا فرسی صبحت می کنید؟ بعضی روز های، می توانیم ناهید در بعد از زهار ببینیم سپس، درشب، ستاره ها سپس، درشب، ستاره ها جدا توسط بیلیون ها مایل شده اند،  نور درحال سفر به مدت سال ها برای مردن  پشت یک چشم آیا یک واژگان برای این یست —   یک که  روزانه  تعجب را  …

Lost Lands

Back in the last century there was a country called Yugoslavia. After the benevolent, and to some beloved, dictator  Josip Broz Tito died in 1980, it fell apart in a terrible civil war. In the floods of immigrants from Africa/Central America we may have forgotten about this. Novelist Patjim Statovci writes about his journey from …

Down and Out in Paris and London

There is being down—poor that is—and out, meaning homeless, without “fixed abode,” both of which are common but not pleasant conditions for the majority of humans on earth. George Orwell was a writer and journalist first; a novelist second. Known most famously for his dystopian novel 1984, which foretells of a future world of fascism …