During childhood the happiest thing in my lifetime was when I found my lost coin. This coin was in my pocket, I wanted to buy a piece of sweet. After I reached my destination, the shop, I asked the shopkeeper to give me two pieces of sweet. After he had given them to me, unfortunately I started eating the sweet. By the way the shopkeeper had demanded his money, then tried to take back the money, however I could not find it in my pocket. A lot of fear came to me and I asked the man to forgive me. The man had terrified me and hurt me and then there was a sound on the floor of the shop. As I glanced down it was the lost coin and I cried with happiness.
On 5/24/20, the US Embassy in Moscow celebrated Joseph Brodsky's 80th birthday with a collage of American poets reading his birthday poem "May 24, 1980" in the poet's self-translation. Chris Merrill, one of Brodsky's students, is among the readers.
Véronique TADJO (IWP ’06) discusses the renewed interest in publishing rights control among Francophone writers in Africa.
To mark Ireland’s corona-cancelled Leaving Cert graduation festivities, the poet Tom McCARTHY (IWP ’78) reads Paul Durcan’s elegy to side lines, “Sport.”
The lovely poem-a-day for May 14, 2020, “Journey,” is by the nomadic Lidija DIMKOVSKA (IWP ’05), translated from the Macedonian by Ljubica Arsovska and Patricia Marsh Štefanovska.
Over at Harvard Review, poet Mary jo Bang glosses her translations from the German of Matthias Gőritz (IWP ’03).