Early in my translation of Edinburgh Notebook, the fifth book by Mexican poet Valerie Mejer Caso, I find a key. It is the epigraph to the final section, a line by Edmond Jabès: ‘All shattered writing has the form of a key.’ Not only is Jabès – the 20th century Jewish Egyptian poet who was long exiled in France – a fascinating reference point for Mejer Caso, whose own migratory poetics extends from a family history of immigrations and disrupted ties to place.
Image courtesy of Festival de Poesía El Salvador PIGS ‘I have seen friends Circe turned into pigs. Her wheel, her diamond. The pigs don’t know my hideouts, mercenaries of shadows.’ –Edilberto Cardona Bulnes I have beheaded pigs, but Circe insists …
P A de Génestet lost both of his parents at a very young age. He studied at the Amsterdamse Atheneum and the Seminarium der Remonstrantse Broederschap to become a preacher in March, 1852.
Takako Arai (1966 —) was born into a silk-weaving family in Kiryū city, Gunma Prefecture, on the outskirts of Tokyo. She began publishing poems in the early 1990s, and since 1998 has run a poetry magazine, Mi’Te, which features poems, translations and poetry criticism. Her second poetry collection, Tamashii Dansu (Soul Dance) was published in 2007, and received the Oguma Hideo Poetry Prize.
Nguyễn Man Nhiên (1956 —) was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. He has published a number of poetry and essay collections within Vietnam, as well as with the literary magazines.
Gerhard Fritsch (1924—1969) began publishing poetry and literary criticism after his service in WWII.
Borys Humenyuk was born in Ternopil, Ukraine. He is an award-winning poet and the author of two novels, Lukianivka and Island. He played an active role in Ukraine’s 2013 Revolution of Dignity. Since 2014, he has been involved in anti-terrorist operations in the Ukrainian Donbas region.
Afghani poet Nadia Anjuman (1980—2005) grew up among a small literary community that encouraged her writing even during Taliban times. She was one of the first women to enrol in Herat University after the fall of the Taliban, but her pursuit of a literature degree was cut short when she was killed in an incident of domestic violence on 4 November, 2005, just short of her twenty-fifth birthday.