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Modern Poetry in Translation No. 4, Series Three © Modern Poetry in Translation 2005 and contributors ISBN 0-9545367-4-6 ISSN 0969-3572
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Editors: David and Helen Constantine
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5 Kapka Kassabova Polyglot Peregrinations
14 Amarjit Chandan Inhabiting two Planets
19 Itsik Manger Four Poems, with three translations and a literal version, introduced by Helen Beer
36 Michael Hamburger Afterthoughts on the Mug’s Game
59 Mary-Ann Constantine ‘To let in the light’: Gwyneth Lewis’s Poetry of Transition.
66 Gwyneth Lewis Two Poems, translated by Mary-Ann Constantine and the author
70 Choman Hardi ‘Switching Languages: a Hindrance or an Opportunity?’
73 Poet to Poet The Scotland-China Project. Introduction by Polly Clark
92 Antonella Anedda Five Poems, translated by Jamie McKendrick
100 Dimitris Tsaloumas Four Poems, translated, with an introduction, by Helen Constantine
108 Extracts from Mourid Barghouti’s Midnight, translated by Radwa Ashour
124 ‘Dear Fahimeh’, translated by Hubert Moore and Nasrin Parvaz
127 Extracts from Sherko Bekes’s The Valley of Butterfly, translated by Choman Hardi