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April 26, 2015

"Workers writing poems, as Jacques Rancière says in Proletarian Nights, is still a pretty radical idea."

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April 26, 2015

None of us must endorse the contents of Charlie Hebdo's cartoons in order to affirm the principle of free expression for which they stand.

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April 24, 2015

The next time you are with a girl, it feels like the house you grew up in except all the doors have moved. You know what’s inside but you have no clue how to get there.

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April 22, 2015

An Iranian Metamorphosis is a complex, nuanced and imaginative depiction of Neyestani's imprisonment in an Iranian jail.

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April 22, 2015

Mother, I am darkness. / Since the morning of the old / when Adam and Eve rose from grass, / I have been the long body’s sorrow. // Children sing like birds / and bloom like flowers / on the shining street. / In the sunlight, there are shining people / with heavenly minds, but I cannot taste / their mild wine with my forked tongue.

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April 21, 2015

I believe it's the writer's job to tell society what it pretends it doesn't know.

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April 21, 2015

In the realm beyond conventional reason there can be found opportunities to transcend the categories that corrupt our social interactions.

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April 20, 2015

I was smaller then / One road went through me / No airport / I drove him home / There had been a wreck / On the interstate / I sat in traffic / My wallet on the seat / In between my legs.

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April 18, 2015

PEN American Center mourns the loss and celebrates the life of German PEN member, honorary PEN president, and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass, who died on Monday, aged 87.

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April 18, 2015

PEN American Center is deeply saddened by the passing of Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America's most iconic writers and famed for his journalism, novels, and political satire examining the idiosyncracies and injustices of history.

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