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MPT’s summer 2015 issue ‘I WISH’ features a focus on world poetry for children: new translations of poems from Russia, Taiwan, Mexico and Eritrea and more, and some classic poems from Poland by Julian Tuwim. The focus also includes a discussion between former children’s laureate Michael Rosen and Russian bestselling poet Marina Boroditskaya about children’s poetry and the how it is influenced by the state. Also in this issue: Four Burmese women poets in translations by UK-based poets including Kim Moore and Olivia McCannon.
Modern Poetry in Translation (MPT) is a tri-annual poetry magazine edited by Sasha Dugdale that publishes poetry from all over the world in English translation. Founded in 1965 by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort it has consistently published the very best of world poetry in the very best translations, and has introduced a number of famous poets and iconic translations to the English-speaking world.
MPT prints work of unsurpassed range and quality.Over the last decade it has featured over 90 languages, 463 poets and 349 translators. Boyd Tonkin in The Independent wrote that MPT ‘has a rare and precious talent’. The Sunday Times called it a ‘necessity’. There is no other magazine that has the same reach and the same consistent quality of poetry.
The trial issue features six poems by Tsvetanka Elenkova translated by Jonathan Dunne, three poems from Aldeburgh by Taha Muhammad Ali and Gabriela Mistral’s poem The Foreigner translated by Arthur McHugh.
Other features include a review by Jo Balmer of classic French and German translations, Charlie Louth examines the work of Don Paterson, Martyn Crucefix and Rilke and Stephanie Norgate presents two haiku versions of Lucretius.
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