Poetry · Translation

The Structure of Tears by Ndue Ukaj; translated from Albanian by Peter Tase

My book dissolved just as a decaying leaf in autumn In the thick mud where memories are swallowed The soft looks that frightened the hungry birds Together with the words of the warm summer. That absorbed our time, the whole time Love and the brains, My God, they swallowed us, The ashes of time and… Continue reading The Structure of Tears by Ndue Ukaj; translated from Albanian by Peter Tase

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Sensing the Aroma of Myself by Ndue Ukaj; translated from Albanian by Peter Tase

She demands an answer For the great dilemmas as big as insuperable mountains. Sitting an open window, and looks above Very high over “Mother Theresa’s Square Where European and Asians walk together. Suspension has shaken her The same as a man shaken by a nightmare In the dark room, with implanted identity She looks like… Continue reading Sensing the Aroma of Myself by Ndue Ukaj; translated from Albanian by Peter Tase

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Washing the Corpse by Rainer Maria Rilke; translated from German by Domenic Scopa

They had grown used to him. But when the kitchen lamp began to burn, so restless in the dark, the stranger seemed altogether strange. They scrubbed his neck, and since they didn’t know his fate, they lied until they made it up− all while washing him. One had to cough, and while she coughed she… Continue reading Washing the Corpse by Rainer Maria Rilke; translated from German by Domenic Scopa

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The Foundations Have Remained Open by Alisa Velaj; translated from Albanian by Ukë ZENEL Buçpapaj

THE HOUSE The house, which is about to collapse, belongs to you, And the trees, which the storm fell last night, Belonged to your yard. Let me contour your dimensions In another space, Where the roof timbers are much more secure, Where the roots have stuck Into firm ground: Only then I can embrace you… Continue reading The Foundations Have Remained Open by Alisa Velaj; translated from Albanian by Ukë ZENEL Buçpapaj