I shall walk with sincerity of heart
Within and without my house
Any deed that is dishonesty
I will not entertain before my eyes.
Anyone who insults a neighbor
I will not friend or woe
Anyone who is proud and hates labor
I will beat as a foe.
Anyone who practices deceit
Even if it is luck of receipt
I shall wait at the gates of defeat
And ours shall be a great feat.
He or she had a leprosy.
He never believes in Allah.
He may affect you.
His main work or aim is to detach from your culture.
He has so many bad characteristics.
He has been cursed by Allah.
He sleeps and eats with wild animals.
If you talk to him you will be in sin.
He tries to imitate Allah.
He is a home for all slimy characters and evils.
His saliva contains or is contaminated with HIV virus.
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).