I was born in the bush where there is no shelter and no education. As time went on the Civil War of Somalia broke out. My family crossed the border of Kenya and then we came here to Dagaghaley where we got shelter and education. In my life I have never thought about going to school and learning but now I have learned more, and my family in general as well, because of the Civil War we have got opportunities. Why because my brother has gone to Canada through his education of secondary schools and now he is in the world university and he is there because of the Civil War. If there was no war in Somalia my family could not learn well and my brother could not be in Canada at the world university.
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).