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MPT’s Spring 2016 issue ’The Great Flight’ features a focus on refugee poetry – poetry by refugees and about the plight of refugees and migrants - with new translations of Ribka Sibhatu, Hama Tuma, Golan Haji and Amarjit Chandan, plus prose by Nasrin Parvaz and Don Mee Choi. Also in this issue: Shetlandic translation by Christina de Luca, versions of Rābiʿah al-Baṣrī by Clare Pollard; Juan Gelman, Louise Labé and Indonesian poet Basuki Gunawan.
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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