Ten things I remember about my travel to the refugee

Abdirahman Mohammed Deeis
  1. The bush was scary in the journey.
  2. It was dark at night with no light.
  3. We were hearing the whistling of birds.
  4. The journey was too long with no transport facilities.
  5. We were hearing the sounds of different animals in the bush.
  6. The smell of flowers in the bush was too fragrant.
  7. People were unable to walk because of hunger and thirst.
  8. The most people were women and children because men had run to the bush because of fear.
  9. There was no luggage because there was fierce fighting in the country.
  10. People were unable to talk to one another.

Poem about HIV/AIDS

AIDS! AIDS! AIDS kills, AIDS kills everybody regardless of sex, religion, culture and appearance.
AIDS! AIDS! AIDS kills, AIDS kills doctors, engineers, farmers, and even more important persons.
AIDS! AIDS! AIDS kills fathers and mothers, AIDS leaves orphans behind. AIDS kills teachers and students miss lessons for a time.
AIDS! AIDS! AIDS kills, it is melodious??, it can be prevented but cannot be treated.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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