Dispatches

LETTER FROM PARIS, autumn 2014

LETTER FROM PARIS, autumn 2014 from Margo Berdeshevsky   It’s been awhile. But my eyes are open. As always, I want to join in calling in the light. In believing in a word such as love. In the city of light. Or everywhere. I’ve been thinking about this again, all summer, and through the briefer …

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Letters from Ukraine

Letters from Ukraine This week, Russian troops invaded Crimea. Putin claims this invasion is an effort to protect the Russian-language population of the peninsula from Ukrainian nationalists. I was born in the former USSR, and my home town, Odessa, is now a part of Ukraine. I came to the USA when I was sixteen, but …

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Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 3, Autumn, 2013

Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 3, Autumn, 2013  the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a …

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Letter from Paris, Autumn 2013

LETTER FROM PARIS, autumn 2013 from Margo Berdeshevsky And These boots were made for walkin’… Is my world going to hell? Probably. Yours? Maybe. Probably. Warning: This post may offer a darkling vision. Paris, well known as city of light holds a dark kind of poetry too, always has for its wanderers, between its many …

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Republic of Užupis: Crossroads of World Poetry, Dispatch 2, Spring, 2013

by Kerry Shawn Keys the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a 300 kg egg…it predates and postdates the …

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Letter from Paris, Spring 2013

from Margo Berdeshevsky IT WAS MAY DAY IN PARIS…or WAS IT ONLY THE IMAGE? “Une petit(e) Piece Dieu Nous Benisse.” A coin—a little coin, God Bless us. I noticed that her sign said bless “us.” Not bless “you.” And she did pray for us both. It hasn’t been an easy spring. Not in Paris. Not …

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Letter from Uzupis

Republic of Uzupis: Crossroads of World Poetry,  Dispatch 1, Winter 2013  the Republic of Užupis exists independently in the heart of Vilnius…a bohemian port with its own mermaid and angel…home to artists and vagrants, gentry, moonshine, ravens, one buzzard, and pigeons, and especially to poetry…its Independence Day is April 1st…it once gave birth to a …

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LETTER FROM PARIS, Winter 2013

from Margo Berdeshevsky IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…or WAS IT THE IMAGE? Before the winter insisted on being all it’s about, I had thought, I’ll send this letter beginning with a shot-in-a-mirror self portrait: Margo, photog-with-graffiti, in Paris. But next, and quickly, I’d meditate on the following words: Is That A Gun In Your …

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Letter From Vilnius: 5

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere              Spring/Summer, 2012 Spring is a swift season in Vilnius. Winter lingers into the lilac blossoms, cold nights and frost bitten orchards, and then Summer magically appears, a lukewarm affair that, to much of the world, would be Spring. And to Sigitas Geda, all the seasons mix …

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