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January 30, 2015

"The poems are incredibly powerful and, in performance, even magisterial; the difficulties fade away and the force of the poems—chanted, sung, whispered—transcends many linguistic and cultural barriers."

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January 30, 2015

Gozo Yoshimasu, an aurally and visually stunning poet known for his Talmudic density, struggles to respond to the 3.11 nuclear disaster in Japan. In her deft, polyvalent translation, Okamoto has given the lie to those who consider Yoshimasu's poetry untranslatable.

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January 28, 2015

When I feel a human-sized void, is it instinctual that I fill it with a human?

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January 28, 2015

the woodpecker’s / long tongue, forked / at the base of its throat and / wrapped over the top of its head / and around the eye socket, / squirts through the drill hole / into a gallery of / insects within / the dead cactus.

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January 27, 2015

"I live in a time and place where poetry is rarely read, much less taken as a provocation. I will reserve the term "daring" for writers in other parts of the world, and other parts of history, who face actual horrific consequences."

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January 23, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgård delivered this year's keynote address at the 14th Oxfam Novib/ PEN-International Awards for Freedom of Expression, in which he championed courageous writers from around the world who "write what must not be written."

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January 23, 2015

"Urzidil’s world is still very much an enchanted one, with an underlying, often mystical meaning and sense of connectedness. Urzidil is a truth-seeker, and I knew I had to translate him, perhaps as a kind of cosmic ransom."

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January 23, 2015

In a major rediscovery, Burnett brings us the work of Urzidil, a writer from the Prague Circle whose fiction only blossomed later in life, as a writer-in-exile in the United States. Burnett captures both the humanity and the erudite yet humble charm of one of Urzidil's short stories.

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January 22, 2015

In this week’s PEN Ten, our content director, Antonio Aiello, interviews Lauren Cerand, New York City book publicist and co-founder and curator of the PEN Ten interview series.

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January 22, 2015

John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henríquez will judge the new $10,000 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize.

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