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Publikation mpT The Best of World Poetry 2021

Pub­lika­tion in der englis­chen Literaturzeitschrift:
mpT — The Best of World Poetry
Über­set­zer der Gedichte: Mar­tin Kratz

Safiye Can, ‘Love In Lockdown’
Trans­lat­ed by Mar­tin Kratz

Inside the Issue:

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Clean Hands, 2021 Number 1

MPT’s spring issue ‘Clean Hands’ focus­es on the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic in Europe, fea­tur­ing the Stanza/MPT Win­dowswap Project; a con­ver­sa­tion between Simone Atan­gana Bekono and Jay Bernard about the lan­guage of lock­down; and new poems and trans­la­tions from across the con­ti­nent includ­ing Jan Wag­n­er, Stel­la N’Djoku, David Harsent, Safiye Can, David Con­stan­tine, Agnès Agboton, and many more. Also: an intro­duc­tion to Uyghur poet­ry curat­ed by Munawwar Abdul­la, Naush Sabah’s ver­sion of ‘Qasi­da Bur­da’, and cli­mate change poems by Mar­i­on Poschmann, trans­lat­ed by Jen Calle­ja. All this and more in the ground­break­ing mag­a­zine ded­i­cat­ed to poet­ry in trans­la­tion: for the best in world poet­ry read MPT.


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  • It is hard to know what to write. I have already writ­ten a lock­down edi­to­r­i­al. When the Euro­pean Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tion gen­er­ous­ly agreed to fund this focus on the Euro­pean pan­dem­ic, we imag­ined it might be a chance to reopen bor­ders that had been closed; to process a trau­ma we were emerg­ing from and imag­ine a hope­ful future. Instead, I write this whilst home-school­ing again in a sec­ond lock­down hard­er, in many ways, than the first – from a UK that has com­plet­ed its self-destruc­tive Brex­it, and where a mutat­ed strain has emerged, with half of our COVID-19 death-toll in just the last two months. In 2021, it seems, there are unlike­ly to be trav­el cor­ri­dors; no one talks of live read­ings or fes­ti­vals any­more. The sim­ple nov­el­ty of first lock­down, along with that sense of hope­ful­ness – the clean­er air, com­mu­ni­ty food parcels, clap­ping for the NHS, rain­bows in win­dows – has dis­si­pat­ed after a year of cor­rupt con­tracts and divert­ed blame. …Read full editorial