When I was twenty-five
the Shadow Reader said I would live 
to a ripe old age.

He wet his finger, flipped a page 
and told me the year of my death.

That year has arrived.

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Spring 2023

Issue 104

In the Spring 2023 issue, our featured author Imtiaz Dharker gives us a sneak preview of her latest collection, where she tells the story of how a ‘Shadow Reader’ once predicted her death in 2022, and her experience of living with that prediction. The issue also carries new poems by Karen Solie, Oli Hazzard, Jane Hirshfield, Randall Horton, D.S. Marriott, Qudsia Akhtar, Christopher Merrill, and Eleni Sikelianos, among others. Translations include work by the German poet Ulrike Almut Sandig, the Greek poet Haris Vlavianos, a Scoto-Japanese-Anglo-Sumerian haiku by Robert Crawford, and a poem drawn from the final collection by the late great Polish poet Adam Zagajewski (1945-2021).

Prose contributions include an excerpt from Anne Waldman‘s Bard, Kinetic, a portrait of her life and praxis as a poet, and an essay by Travis Schuhardt on finding haiku during the pandemic. Elsewhere, Isabelle Baafi interviews Will Harris, while our reviews section engages with new collections by Ilse Aichinger, Rohan Chhetri, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Jane Griffiths, Alycia Pirmohamed, as well as Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan’s anthology, 100 Queer Poets.

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