In Praise of Poetry

In Praise of Poetry by Olga Sedakova

Until the 1990s, Olga Sedakova’s books were not available in Russia because they failed to align with prescribed official aesthetics. Sampsonia Way presents an excerpt from Sedakova’s forthcoming book, In Praise of Poetry.

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Escape Artist. Credit: Aleph Book Company

Five Poems by Sridala Swami

In Sridala Swami’s second poetry collection, the speaker attempts to navigate the constraints of the bodied self: death and the decay of age, the fragile nature of love and relationships, and the imposition of national borders.

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Photo: Renee Rosensteel.

Three Poems by Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann, a Yankunytjatjara and Australian poet, read at City of Asylum’s 2014 Jazz Poetry Concert.

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Gerald Stern and Oliver Lake. Photo: Renee Rosensteel, 2014.

An Excerpt from Not God After All by Gerald Stern

In September 2014 Gerald Stern returned as a Jazz Poetry performer. Published here is a segment from his volume Not God After All, published in 2004 by local publisher Autumn House Press.

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Ritsos Diaries of Exile

Three Poems from Yannis Ritsos’ Diaries of Exile

Presenting three poems from Diaries of Exile by Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, whose works were burned and banned several times between 1936 and 1970. Now, the latest version of his work is short-listed for the 2014 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

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Poetry

  • In Praise of Poetry
    In Praise of Poetry by Olga Sedakova

    Until the 1990s, Olga Sedakova’s books were not available in Russia because they failed to align with prescribed official aesthetics. Sampsonia Way presents an excerpt from Sedakova’s forthcoming book, In Praise of Poetry.

    Read more...

  • Escape Artist. Credit: Aleph Book Company
    Five Poems by Sridala Swami

    In Sridala Swami’s second poetry collection, the speaker attempts to navigate the constraints of the bodied self: death and the decay of age, the fragile nature of love and relationships, and the imposition of national borders.

    Read more...

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    Tunisian Poetry: Ali Znaidi

    Sampsonia Way is pleased to share five previously unpublished poems by Tunisian poet Ali Znaidi, including “More More More,” “The Sweet Water of Dream,” “Rebirth”, “The Beauty of Tunisian Women,” and “O, Wind!”

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