Letter From Vilnius: 2

Eastern/Central Europe and Excursions elsewhere             Summer, 2011   Summers in Lithuania are usually quite lovely. The cities are not overwhelmed with zealous tourists taking photos of something they surely know about only for the moment. No fireplugs in Vilnius for them to mark like an impoverished version of a wise …

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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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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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