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In the Midst of Words and other poems

In the Midst of Words and other poems

Fifteen poems by Sarwat Hussain, translated from Urdu into English by Riyaz Latif

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Epiphaneia and other poems

Epiphaneia and other poems

Seven poems by the author of Make Us All Islands (Shearsman), which was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Forward Prize, and Giant (Platypus Press), as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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In A Certain Light and other poems

In A Certain Light and other poems

Three poems by Summer Edward who teaches writing and communications at The University of the West Indies as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Home Truths and other poems

Home Truths and other poems

Five poems by the South African poet whose debut collection of poetry is Friends of the Tender Board, currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University in South Africa

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Brahms and other poems

Brahms and other poems

Four poems by the co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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White Eyeliner to Hillary and other poems

White Eyeliner to Hillary and other poems

Eight poems by the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Publishing at Missouri Western State University as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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A Misanthropic Prayer and other poems

A Misanthropic Prayer and other poems

Five poems by the Bangalore-based engineer

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In Search of Benevolent Immortality and other poems

In Search of Benevolent Immortality and other poems

Twelve poems by US-based poet, linguist, literary translator and actor as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen, excerpted from Life in Suspension, published by Salmon Poetry

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Joan Murray: Four Poems

Joan Murray: Four Poems

Excerpted from Drafts, Fragments, and Poems: The Complete Poetry (2018), a collection of Murray's writings edited by Farnoosh Fathi and published by NYRB Poets.

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If They All Met At Pushkin Cafe

If They All Met At Pushkin Cafe

Two poems by the Kolkata-based award-winning entrepreneur, women’s and minority rights activist

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Register of Eliminated Villages and other poems

Register of Eliminated Villages and other poems

Five poems by Bengali-American poet and winner of the 2009 Cohen Award. Her second collection of poems, Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems, has been published by Gray Wolf Press this year

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Cruel Interventions and other poems

Cruel Interventions and other poems

Four poems by the author of Whorelight and the 2017 Charles Wallace India Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK

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Aurora and other poems

Aurora and other poems

Five poems by a student of MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London

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Two Poems: Yellow Lane Diaries and Chinese New Year at Bow Barracks

Two Poems: Yellow Lane Diaries and Chinese New Year at Bow Barracks

Two poems by the author of First Will And Testament, a collection of poems published in 2012

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Four Poems from Avaruusruusuja

Four Poems from Avaruusruusuja

Four poems by the Finnish poet from Avaruusruusuja (Space Roses, 2014), translated from the Finnish by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah, supported by Finnish Literature Exchange, as part of World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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A River Splits The City and other poems

A River Splits The City and other poems

Five poems by the author of The Wanderlust Conspiracy, a poetry collection, Letters From An Indian Summer, a novel, and The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows, a short-story collection

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Years After the War and other poems

Years After the War and other poems

Ten poems by poet and fiction writer Susmita Srivastava, who divides her time between writing and theatre

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A Travel Book on Tibet and other poems

A Travel Book on Tibet and other poems

Six poems by India’s best-known poet and novelist from Naishapur and Babylon: Poems (2005–2017), published by Speaking Tiger Books

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 ‘Country’ Poems and Continuous Fragments

‘Country’ Poems and Continuous Fragments

Two works by Romanian poet and fiction writer Tudor Crețu, as part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Evil and other poems

Evil and other poems

Five Poems by the author of three collections of poems: Bujhe Rangon ki Raunaq (Splendor of Faded colors), Tanhai ke Tehwar (Festivals of Solitude) and Aaeene Ke Zindani (Captives of the Mirror)

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An Almost Made Up Poem and other poems

An Almost Made Up Poem and other poems

Five poems by the New Delhi-based journalist, who works with The Indian Express, and has been working on his first book of poems

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Banyan Tree and other poems

Banyan Tree and other poems

Five poems excerpted from Ruskin Bond's I Was The Wind Last Night: New and Collected Poems, with permission from Speaking Tiger Books

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Lisa Ray: Poems

Lisa Ray: Poems

Actress Lisa Ray, a covert writer, dons many hats. She had a serendipitous career in entertainment arts spanning multiple countries, films and modelling. She has started her own yoga studio and a line of ethical perfume. Her poems explore themes derived from an identity-bending, nomadic experiences, the culmination of a life of no fixed address

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In Poetry’s Dark Nights and other poems

In Poetry’s Dark Nights and other poems

Eleven Poems by Riyaz Latif, translated from Urdu by the poet

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An Old Woman and other poems

An Old Woman and other poems

Six poems by Delhi-based teacher and library movement activist whose first collection of poems, Delhi Love Songs, was published by Speaking Tiger In association with the Jehangir Sabavala Foundation in December 2017

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A Spotlight and other poems

A Spotlight and other poems

Five poems by the poet and musician based in Oxford, England

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Troubadour Song and other poems

Troubadour Song and other poems

Five poems by American poet and critic who has published nine books of poems

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A Shortage of Words and other poems

A Shortage of Words and other poems

Six poems by New Delhi-based poet and novelist C P Surendran from his new collection, Available Light: New and Collected Poems

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Diplomatic Baggage and other poems

Diplomatic Baggage and other poems

Six poems by Goa-based poet Manohar Shetty from his new collection, Full Disclosure: New and Collected Poems (1981-2017)

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Getting There and other poems

Getting There and other poems

Five poems by North Carolina-born Bethany W. Pope, whose six collections of poems have been published in the last five years. Her first novel, Masque, was published by Seren in 2016.

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Sit down and shut up and other poems

Sit down and shut up and other poems

Five poems by Edinburgh-based Colin McGuire — poet (As I Sit Quietly, I Begin to Smell Burning), performer and creative writing teacher — who has worked collaboratively with the Scottish Poetry Library

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Poems as Kite Tails above a Cliff

Poems as Kite Tails above a Cliff

Poems as Kite Tails above a Cliff by Colombia-based George Mario Angel Quintero, who has written fiction, poetry and essays, in English and Spanish, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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Nights and other poems

Nights and other poems

Five poems by the author of three poetry collections — Trumbull Ave., And the Business Goes to Pieces and Sudden Parade

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Menses and other poems

Menses and other poems

Three poems by Irish poet and activist Emily Davis-Fletcher

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Reading 'A Song' by Goethe and other poems

Reading 'A Song' by Goethe and other poems

Eight poems by London-based poet, editor and translator Astrid Alben under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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Ten Short Poems

Ten Short Poems

Margarita Serafimova has published two collections of poetry in the Bulgarian, Animals and Other Gods (2016) and Demons and World (2017)

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Beyond the Night and other poems

Beyond the Night and other poems

Anu Majumdar’s books include Refugees from Paradise and God Enchanter (fiction); The Infinity adventures (YA); Mobile Hour and Light Matter (poetry)

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Who Knew and other poems

Who Knew and other poems

Five poems by London-based poet and short story writer, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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And soon... and other poems

And soon... and other poems

Six poems by art critic, novelist, award-winning poet, lecturer and broadcaster Sue Hubbard, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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Symbol and other poems

Symbol and other poems

Four poems by American poet and essayist Alfred Corn, the author of 11 books of poems and two novels, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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My desire is zaftig and other poems

My desire is zaftig and other poems

Six poems by Rishi Dastidar, consulting editor at The Rialto magazine and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Thirst and other poems

Thirst and other poems

Four poems by US poet and editor Leslie McGrath, the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, which was a finalist for the 2010 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Sartorial Advice and other poems

Sartorial Advice and other poems

Five poems by Scott Edward Anderson, author of Fallow Field and Walks in Nature’s Empire, who has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio curated by Sudeep Sen

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Delusions of the Retina

Delusions of the Retina

Two poems by English poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator Elaine Feinstein under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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The Apple Argument and other poems

The Apple Argument and other poems

Poems by Maitreyabandhu under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen. Maitreyabandhu’s new collection Yarn (Bloodaxe) was published in autumn 2015. He lives and works at London Buddhist Centre

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Not In My Name

Not In My Name

This poem has been written to mark the pan-India protest on June 28, 2017, #NotInMyName

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Curtains

Curtains

Two poems by Amrita Ghosh under Parnassus: Poetry, curated by Siddhartha Gigoo

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The Petting Zoo and other poems

The Petting Zoo and other poems

Three poems by Subhash Kak under Parnassus: Poetry, curated by Siddhartha Gigoo

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A Sea Change and other poems

A Sea Change and other poems

Six poems by Boston-based Melissa Green, author of three books of poetry, including Magpiety; and two memoirs, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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Darkly and other poems

Darkly and other poems

10 poems by British poet Ian Duhig, twice winner of National Poetry Competition, under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Love and other poems

Love and other poems

10 poems by Turkish poet and fiction writer Müesser Yeniay under World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen. Translated from the Turkish by Müesser Yeniay

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Fatal Journey and other poems

Fatal Journey and other poems

Sukrita Paul Kumar is a well-known poet, critic, translator and artist. She has published several collections of poems in English, including Dream Catcher, Without Margins, Untitled, Apurna, Folds of Silence and Oscillations

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For Little Girls With Big Questions and other poems

For Little Girls With Big Questions and other poems

Harnidh Kaur is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy. Her books, The Inability of Words (Writer's Workshop, India) and The Ease of Forgetting (Thought Catalog Books, New York) are now available.

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Boredom of the Writer and other poems

Boredom of the Writer and other poems

Adnan al-Sayegh, born in al-Kufa, Iraq, has been living in exile in London since 2004. He has published eleven collections of poetry, including the 550-page Uruk’s Anthem (Beirut 1996). His poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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Extracts from Gilgamesh Retold and other poems

Extracts from Gilgamesh Retold and other poems

Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright and songwriter specialising in cross-arts collaborations of poetry, music, dance and visual art. . She teaches poetry at Oxford University. Her poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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They Were Closing Deals and other poems

They Were Closing Deals and other poems

George Szirtes’ translation of László Krasznahorkai’s Satantango won the 2013 Best Translated Book Award in the US as well as the translator’s prize in the Man Booker International 2015. His poems here are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio [WPP], curated by Sudeep Sen

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No one to wait at the Doorsteps and other poems

No one to wait at the Doorsteps and other poems

This door is a forlorn boat of nostalgia plying lonely, with creaking sounds in the river that still feeds the fear — which grips and presses me against the hope of running back in time.

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A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

A Prostitute Celebrates Diwali and other poems

Four poems by author and translator Arvind Gigoo as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

A Poet Steals my Grandfather’s Skull and other poems

Four poems by Irish poet Eleanor Hooker as part of our newly introduced section Parnassus: Poetry, curated by our contributing editor Siddhartha Gigoo

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: I Am A Film

This poem by Stephen Watts, the London-based poet, editor and translator, is part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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World Poetry Day: The Chicken Trusser

World Poetry Day: The Chicken Trusser

Sharanya Manivannan’s most recent book is The High Priestess Never Marries, a collection of stories, which was shortlisted for the Tata Lit Live! Award For First Book (Fiction). She is also the author of a collection of poems, Witchcraft, and a children’s picturebook, The Ammuchi Puchi. Her next book of poetry, The Altar of the Only World, is forthcoming from HarperCollins India in 2018.

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World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

World Poetry Day: The Enigma and The Theatre

Devdan Chaudhuri, contributing editor of The Punch, is also a member of Calcutta-based group Poetry Paradigm, which has collaborated with 27 establishments (cafes and hotels) in 8 cities in four countries who will offer a free coffee/tea with an original poem on March 21 to celebrate the UN World Poetry Day. This poem was written for the occasion.

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: Anna Christina and other poems

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: Anna Christina and other poems

These poems by Estonian writer and poet Mathura M Lattik are part of the World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen

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The River and other poems

The River and other poems

Four poems by Sathya Saran, consulting editor, HarperCollins Publishers India, executive director, Encyclomedia, and Contributing Editor, The Punch

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World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: RED in Konya

World Poetry/Prose Portfolio: RED in Konya

This is part of a section, World Poetry/Prose Portfolio, curated by Sudeep Sen. Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born poet, literary translator and writer. Her latest collection of poems is Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths. Wolpé’s modern translation of The Conference of the Birds by the 12th century Iranian Sufi mystic poet, Attar, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

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When J.S. Bach Meets Johnny Walker Black Label and other poems

When J.S. Bach Meets Johnny Walker Black Label and other poems

These poems by Omar Sabbagh are part of a new series we introduce this month — World Poetry/Prose Portfolio (WPP), curated by Sudeep Sen

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A Tale of Seasons  and other poems

A Tale of Seasons  and other poems

A Tale of Seasons, Colourless Canvasses, Melancholic Trilogy

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Belonging by Namitha Verma

Belonging by Namitha Verma

Two Poems

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Pigeons by Sanjeev Sethi

Pigeons by Sanjeev Sethi

Two Poems excerpted from This Summer and That Summer, published by Bloomsbury India

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My Bohemian Brother and other poems

My Bohemian Brother and other poems

My Bohemian Brother, Promise of Peace, Don't be Afraid, Stairs to the Sky

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Not All For Love and other poems

Not All For Love and other poems

Not All for Love, Anniversary of Light, Watchers

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Day and Night and other poems

Day and Night and other poems

Day and Night, The Shapes of Things, The Forms Lie on the Table, To the Moon, No Further War

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M.S. Attack and other poems

M.S. Attack and other poems

The City is Claimed, Crocodile Lake Revisited, Sieve, M.S. Attack

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Mountains and other poems

Mountains and other poems

Mountains, The Himalayas, Sagarmatha, Machhpucchere, Green Gorge, Fewa, Gupteshwor Falls, Chure

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Inheritance

Inheritance

Holding open the bathrobe, she looks for signs: a housewife's belly of leftovers and fasts and scars left by gut

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Turning off the Lights

Turning off the Lights

Turning off the Lights, The Affair II

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Sermon and other poems

Sermon and other poems

Sermon, Banyan and Each of Us Has Our Dharma

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Dirge and other poems

Dirge and other poems

Something Rich and Strange, Medical Entry, Spider, Dirge and The Fly in the Ointment

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Midnight, Christmas Eve

Midnight, Christmas Eve

Midnight, Christmas Eve and Screen-saver

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Chalk Dust on The Air

Chalk Dust on The Air

Chalk Dust on The Air, ZoSo by the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This

Poems excerpted from They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This by Anna Moschovakis, New York-based poet, translator and editor

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Cactus and other poems

Cactus and other poems

Five poems from The Missing RIB: Collected Poems by K. Satchidanandan

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Songs From A Mountain

Songs From A Mountain

Four Poems excerpted from Songs From A Mountain by Amanda Nadelberg

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Blossoms and other poems

Blossoms and other poems

Blossoms, The Aubade, Helter, Skelter

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The Beauty of Meaning and other poems

The Beauty of Meaning and other poems

Excerpted from the manuscript of selected poems titled Love and the Other Madness by Devdan Chaudhuri

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