Yarrow Abdi Ali

It was early in the evening when I came from the bush. I was the cowboy of our family. I had no company other than the cattle, and I knew that the bush was so dangerous for whosoever was in it late. But I never knew how dangerous the bush is other than what I used to hear from my ??? ??? who was so ??? than me when it comes wild animals saying that to “see a lion is your death.”

By remembering this I confirmed that it was only left for me to twinkle my eye and go to the next world. Because I had no promise that I would soon encounter “the conductor who would issue for me the ticket for the next world.” Because of the bad condition that I was in, I decided to climb a tree, though the darkness of the night was complete.

After fulfilling my decision it was not more than that 45 seconds later when the lion was under acacia that I was in.

After a long period, the lion got sleepy and I was too. And I folded on it. Then the lion ran away and there, I was saved.

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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