Dispatches

Letter From Vilnius: 1

by Kerry Shawn Keys Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere             Spring, 2011 To begin this first Letter From Vilnius, in what entertains to be a bi-monthly series for Poetry International, I believe some very brief background information is essential to the context and purport of the writing. I first visited Lithuania …

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Letter from Poland

By Paweł Marcinkiewicz Polish Poetry in Sweden “Sorangens Folkhogskola,” is a local university in Nassjo, a small town in southern Sweden. Since 1987, it has organized one of the most interesting poetry festivals in the world. The “Nassjo poesifestivalen” (http://www.lj.se/poesifestivalen) usually has a thematic focus. Previously, they had an American year when they invited such …

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Paris, Ground Level

Letter From Paris in March

From Margo Berdeshevsky Notes from this side of the Seine: Paris, winter rides into spring, 2011     Dear ones, Winter was “icumin in, laude sing goddam.” Well it did. And hence,  a quiet winter season where one wanted to hide, mostly, and think of nothing. Except perhaps a solarized and pewter river. Or the …

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(c)mberdeshevsky

Letter from Paris in November

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris, late autumn, 2010   Dear Ones: I’ve been on the road these recent days. But carrying my European and Parisian-influenced mentality with me along the way, I aver. I won’t comment here on the endless French strikes; or even on the most recent American losses; there is and has been more …

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Letters From Iran

From Azadeh Kamyar Taste of sun   I can still feel it in my mouth the taste like sun ravenously we drank together from a bowl full of  snow   Call me Winter is close … I don’t live in Tehran.  This crowded metropolis is not a proper place to live for such an introverted …

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Letter From Paris In September

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris, autumn 2010: King Lear: O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life is cheap as beast’s. Thou art a lady: If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear’st Which …

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Letter from Paris in June

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris in June has many—but one—particularly small and yet  grand event: Le Marché de la Poésie, a country-fair type idyllic market place, in the middle of the city of light—for poetry. Not the football field size convention center fairs the USA has in large numbers; not the AWP with its 9000 wishing …

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