Poems

Hawo Mohamed Sheik

Water
Water is the basic need to all living things like plants and animals.
Without water no living thing can survive within 24 hours.
Without water everyone in the world would smell like a decayed animal.
Without water there would be no crop at all because the crops depend on water.
If there is no water in this planet no one could survive.

As I was a child
I used to be next to my mother.
When I was six years old I liked swimming but at that time there was no swimming pool.
In Somalia I could remember only a few things like big acacias, mango trees and other animals such as donkeys, monkeys, goats, cattle, camels, and sheep.

Peace in Somalia
Somalia should get peace in reconciliations.
Somali women should get freedom like other women in the world wide.

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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