I’m telling you the truth. I was in his apartment. His wife translated
Iqbal into English. His daughter sold dollar-fifty-plus-tax love roses, his son 
drained bootleg bottles of booze. There were Daily Jang papers, lovebirds, a rifle 
resting on a floating shelf. An embedded sun hung heavy
against the sky. On the television was a news program. It was in Urdu. Stopped 
clocks were mounted to the walls around the house to
scoop the time from a woman’s eyes or cut her saccade to smooth pursuit.
The windows needed a wash. We had dinner, mixed vegetables, spring water,
a holler to the batman. The batman brought dried fruit and hot chai. I was
asked how I enjoyed the country. There was a brief commercial for Coca-Cola. 
His wife went to the washroom. There was some talk then of how difficult
it had become without hot water. The lovebirds screamed on the terrace.
The colonel took a handful of the dried fruit, and walked
away from the table. The birds said to me with their eyes: say
something. The colonel returned with a batch of coin-length
eggs. He let them roll from his hand onto the table. They were like
round, blank dice. There are other ways to do this. He took one
into his hands, whispered a prayer, dropped it into a glass
of water. It became buoyant there. The mother is tired, he said. As
for the rest, you can go free them yourself. He drank the water
until the egg touched the bottom of the glass.

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Autumn 2023

Issue 106

The Autumn 2023 issue includes four new poems by featured author Michael Hofmann, as well as new work by Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Monica Youn, Luke Kennard, Glyn Maxwell, Cindy Juyoung Ok, Jesse Nathan, and leena aboutaleb. Also in the issue are poems originally written in Arabic, Czech, Greek, Nüshu, and Spanish, among which a long-awaited fresh take on ‘The Hanging Poem of Imru al-Qays’ by Kareem James Abu-Zeid and five new poems by Homero Aridjis as translated by Forrest Gander. This bumper issue also introduces an expanded offering of prose with Dan O’Brien on the defiant and redemptive power of confessional writing and Rachel Hadas on translating Ovid and finding comfort in a world plagued by apathy and disaster. Our interviews section sees Kostya Tsolakis in conversation with Harris Otabasis and Nikolas Koutsodontis, the editors of the Anthology of Greek Queer Poetry, while Sohini Basak interviews Meena Kandasamy. The reviews section sports criticism by Tarn MacArthur, Aliyah Begum, Lily McDermott, and Tristram Fane Saunders.
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