• Lucas Hirsch
    Poetry: “No. 22″ by Lucas Hirsch

    Sampsonia Way is thrilled to share Lucas Hirsch’s previously unpublished poem “No. 22” from his upcoming book Dolhuis: Natura Naturata (Madhouse: Natura Naturata) to be published by De Arbeiderspers. Translation by Willem Groenewegen.

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  • Maung Aung Pwint. Photo: Khet Mar
    Maung Aung Pwint: People’s Poet

    In this week’s Tea House column, writer Khet Mar profiles Maung Aung Pwint, a Burmese poet who was imprisoned for eight years for “illegal possession of a fax machine” and “sending news” to foreign media organizations.

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  • Carmen Tafolla Reads
    Ocupando Mi Voz: A Poem by Carmen Tafolla

    Today we share Carmen Tafolla’s poem “Ocupando Mi Voz” (Using My Voice), a poem that celebrates the “power of words.” The first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, Dr. Tafolla is currently writing a biography on civil rights organizer Emma Tenyuca..

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  • Left: Tienchi Martin-Liao. Right: wroter Liao Yiwu. © Elke Wetzig/CC-BY-SA
    The Empire Strikes Back

    In this week’s “Blind Chess” column, Independent Chinese PEN Center president Tienchi Martin-Liao reflects on the ancient practices of “literary inquisition” and “kin liability” and how these practices are still relevant in China today.

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