Shaip Emërllahu was born in 1962 in the village of Trebosh near Tetova, Macedonia. He completed his Philological Degree of Albanian Language and Literature at Prishtina University in Kosovo. He got his Master's degree at Tirana University with a paper about "The Structure of the Poetry of Azem Shkreli". He got his PhD in Literature in Tirana. He is a lecturer at the State University of Tetova. Director of the International Poetry Festival “Ditet e Naimit”, Tetova, he has worked as a journalist and culture editor for the newspaper “Flaka”.
Emërllahu has participated in international and national poetry festivals in Columbia, Ireland, Italia, Greece, Tunisia, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey... He has been awarded with many national and international literary prizes.
He has published the poetry volumes “Pagëzimi i viteve” (Baptism of the Years) in the publishing house “Naim Frashëri”, Tirana, 1994, “Projekti i thyer” (Broken Project), Albanian Writers’ Association, Skopje, 1997, “Vdekja e paktë” (Little Death) in the edition “Flaka”, Skopje, 2001, "Troja e Kalit" (Troy of the horse) in the edition "Ditët e Naimit", Tetova, 2018. In 2001, “Akademia Orient – Oksident” in Bucharest, published in Albanian and Romanian his poetry book “Vdekja e paktë – Putina moarte”. In 2000, he published as a co-author the book about testimonies of the massacres in Kosovo “…edhe ne dëshmojnë / We witness”, publishing house “Ditet e Naimit” (in Albanian and English). In 2004, the Croatian PEN and the Croatian Writers’ Association published his bilingual Croatian-Albanian book with the title "Poezi". In 2004, the publishing house “Feniks” in Skopje published his book with selected poems “Dvorski son”. In 2010, the publishing house ”La stanza del poeta” in Gaeta (in italien) his book “Stracci di vita” and the publishing house “Ditet e Naimit” (in English) his poetry book “Life’s rags’. In 2014, his poetry book "Le marathon albanais" is published in French. In Japan, "Junpa Books" publishes his poetry with the title "Duet of Roads" (poetic dialogue with T. Aizu). This year his poetry book "Life's Rags" is published in Taiwan. Cycles of his poetry are also published in Spanish, Hebrew, Swedish, Bulgarian, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Hindi, Turkish, Polish, Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian etc. His poetry has been included in several international anthologies.
YOU BROUGHT MADRID BETWEEN US
anyway you came back overwhelmed
it couldn’t be otherwise
without offending the feelings that swelled in that sun of eyes
and the desire of the soul broke the tambour of the infinite freedom
you dream was tango
tango to give yourself to the free desire
there was no guard that could annoy you
with vigilant eyes to kill you
the space of the possibility was all yours
big as Madrid
when the game is being played and the dirty sweat is poured
freedom is like sun
when what touches you is the sky, the sky, the sky...
and you greet the God
and you thank for Madrid
you asking Him to bring you back
home and then to Madrid again
when the toreador game is being played in Skopje
and you can’t wear the red dress
the bulls are ready to hit here
and who knows even bucks,
you think of where to let the meat
and where the soul
I expect my coffee in the “Galaxy”
and listen to the peace that has taken your form
you brought Madrid
here at the Scanderbeg at Bit Bazar
God is one
Life is one
In that gulf as a woman’s breast
to Diti I recount, the Ventotene
of the Albanian imprisoned thought
the soul reflected warmth
wave of hot fervor
talked in front of me
the sea was drunk
it was a temblor
white horses full of people to attend my wedding day came by the waves
I was woken up as a groom, I had a bride in a horse
a drunk wedding song played with clarinet
wiggles over south
my bride was arbëresh1
Diti was a silhouette
that was lying on your chest
as a gulf in Gaeta
a sight was nailed
in that moment the meteor
was in Gaeta
a solemn massage
the ardent dilemma was painted
in its own opening
it took the pain away
when the navel of its way was cut
it didn’t wanted
even its shadow to touch the traveler
may the fountain
never remain thirsty
TROY OF THE HORSE
The geography of the Troy running horse
expands with bitten knifes
you break out
and your little mind doesn’t understand
how we bite the fish bait
when the shadows surround our bodies
with the Troy of the horse through and through
the foam of its mouth
fills our tables
what remains from Troy
despite of the horse
with the whinny’s fraud
13 january 2011
1 Arbëresh are Albanian that during medieval wars with Turks migrated in Italy and speak to this day Albanian.
Jüri Talvet: Poet, essayist, literary critic, translator, university professor. Talvet was born on December 17, 1945 in Pärnu, Estonia. He graduated from the faculty of philology (specializing in English) from the University of Tartu. He received his PhD degree in Western literatures from Leningrad / Saint Petersburg University (1981). Since 1992 he is Chairing Professor (of World Literature) at Tartu University and has been since 1996 the main editor of Interlitteraria, international journal of comparative literature.
He made his debut with a book of poems, Äratused (Awakenings; Tallinn: Eesti Raamat, 1981). By today, he has published nine books of poetry in his native Estonian. In 2014 a voluminous personal anthology of his poetry appeared, comprising more than 500 poems: Eesti eleegia ja teisi luuletusi 1981-2012 (Estonian Elegy and Other poems 1981-2012, Tartu: Ilmamaa).
He has published dozens of essays and articles on world literature, which beside journals have appeared in: Teekond Hispaaniasse (A Travel to Spain; Tallinn, 1985), Hispaaniast Ameerikasse (From Spain to America; Tallinn, 1992), Hispaania vaim (The Spanish Spirit; Tartu, 1995), Ameerika märkmed ehk Kaemusi Eestist (American Notes, or Contemplations of Estonia; Tartu, 2000), Sümbiootiline kultuur (Symbiotic Culture; Tartu, 2005), Tõrjumatu äär (The Irrefutable Border; Tartu, 2005), Juhan Liivi luule. Monograafia (Juhan Liiv's Poetry. A Monograph; Tallinn, 2012), Kümme kirja Montaigne'ile. "Ise" ja "teine" (Ten Letters to Montaigne. "Self" and "Other"; Tartu, 2014), Luulest (Of Poetry; Tartu, 2015) etc.
He has been awarded for his work Juhan Smuul Annual Prize of Literature (in essay, 1986), Juhan Liiv Poetry Prize (1997), Ivar Ivask Memorial Prize (2002), the Order of Isabel the Catholic (for his activity in Spanish studies, 1992), the White Star Order of Estonian Republic (2001), The Medal of Tartu (2008), the Order of the County of Alatskivi (2015), the Grand Medal of the University of Tartu, 2015, the F. R. Kreutzwald Memorial Medal of the Võru Institute (2016) etc. In 2011 he became an Active Member of Academia Internationala Orient-Occident (Romania). Since 2016 he is member of Academia Europaea and Honorary Guest (Huésped Distinguido) of Salamanca (Spain).
Since 2006, he has been an invited participant of important international poetry festivals all over the world.
Besides numerous translations published in magazines and anthologies, book-length selections of his poetry have appeared in Spanish (2002, 2010), English (2008, 2010), Italian (2012, 2018), Romanian (2011), French (2011, 2016), Russian (2018) and Serbian (2018).
Of his essay books, the following have appeared abroad: A Call for Cultural Symbiosis (Toronto, 2005), Un enfoque simbiótico de la cultura posmoderna (Granada, 2009), Una crida a la simbiosi cultural (Valencia, 2009), Meditazioni da U. Per una simbiosi culturale, (Novi Liguri, 2015).
BUILDING CHAIRS IS SCIENCE
To the memory of dear Richard Caddel, friend and poet,
with the wish that he could return tomorrow at ten.
Did the rabbit taste good? Fine.
The salmon? Well. The world’s
pulse under your eyelids is indeed
a fine image. (At least you can
feign sleep.) The noble union
of physics with poetry: It’s fine
that one can at least relax
into the groove of a bar stool in a
warm small town in Georgia. (If
there’s room.) In both Delhis, however,
when it grows dark, only thinking
of gods in a temple, with a cool stone
in the knees, redeems one from the jungle.
Did what’s on the grill taste good? I’m glad. I
am happy. How was the chicken? I weave
a spider web for some stranger to get
caught in. Some other from far away,
on the edge. Some Indian cow,
covered with Hegel’s grey, boiled
spider web. (Thank you, Heinrich!)
You say you really won’t go? You
shall go tomorrow morning at ten.
And you will return tomorrow
morning at ten. Won’t you?
This dancing Santa on 42nd Street
maybe in front of Mazzotti’s shoe shop and
Maria means business on a Hudson riverbank
Maria Bartiramo to whom have you sold
your soul? – answer! And
a living Santa who wound you up
to foot a Greek or Catalan sardana
and to mutter occasionally into your beard
something about the special shine of Mazzotti’s shoes
Maria d’Aquino the whiteness of your knees
escapes for ever from the eyes of Giovanni
He is just an old man even without
his Santa’s beard and bushy eyebrows
or maybe it’s you Walt who looked on Broadway
for the thick necks of big young white men
and when you couldn’t find them any more
then the warm eyes of small Puerto Ricans
and when you couldn’t find them either you sat down
in your own yard under a lilac and wept
and mumbled like Francesco pace
pace pace and T. S. later and the ancient bards
long time before them and before you
šānti šānti šānti peace to my heart peace
to your heart too Maria Macolata
It’s funny today Anne Sexton a representative
of Microsoft sent me by e-mail
a purchase offer As if her namesake
whose poems I translate had been resurrected
You Anne who in The Fury of Overshoes
long for your tiny kindergarten winter boots
and Man and Woman whom you compare
to a pair of doves who live together but
don’t speak That precipice between
the genders that you couldn’t leap
even though you said you were a witch who knew
to fly on a broomstick Now in your second or in
who knows what life you are simply a woman
a tame mute mistress of a man named Microsoft
(Translated from the Estonian by H. L. Hix and the author)
Caterina Davinio (b. Maria Caterina Invidia, Italy, 1957) Graduated in Italian Literature at the University I of Rome “Sapienza”. She has published four novels, several award-winning books of poems, and non-fiction. She writes in Italian and English. She has edited some multilingual anthologies of international poets. Her poetry has been presented in international literary festivals, such as The International Poetry Festival of Medellín (Colombia), Oslopoesi (Norway), The International Poetry Festival Poetry Nights (Curtea de Argeș, Romania), VeneziaPoesia (Italy), E-Poetry (Buffalo, New York, and Barcelona, Spain), Polyphonix (Barcelona, and Paris), International Writer's Festival - Indore (India), and others. She has been one of the pioneers of digital poetry in the 90s, with hundreds of exhibitions in many countries, among them are several editions of the Venice Biennial, where she has collaborated also as a curator, the Biennials of Sydney, of Athens and the New Media Art Biennial of Mèrida (Mexico).
From: Serial Phenomenologies
and so it was going,
a little wind of senseless joy and of
heartfelt future past.
But finally our
creature of air was
Our perfect happiness was
And I said (it was for not saying)
And I viewed it livid at last
like the end of the world
like the forgiveness of all sins
and the tremendous certainty of being cowards.
rosary I pronounce you, long prayer
I recite death
in the crystal clear soul
like a cold diamond
lark voice, girl shout.
From: Waiting for the End of the World
Destiny was superb
it spoke among mountains and gray cumuli
like castles in the sky,
swollen with heat,
with infinite richness.
The valley and flourishing hills with hope
gave me life in the continuous death.
There were titillating notes of nostalgias and rivers,
we learned the past and the future
the night and its awakenings,
we were possessed
like Rimbaud in Hell.
We ask for mercy and gratitude.
Give me your expert hand of brother
and reverent knight,
render to me the services of occurrence,
Hell sweeps across the sky
and I am not afraid
of your tyrannies:
I am a hero too
as the clouds dull the air
and jeer the desert from above,
they are signs from above
disquieting the trembling earth
and extending below the horizon,
like a flattened land stuck in the vastness
for further incursions,
frowning triumphs, masks, abuses;
extinguish me, oh my fire,
I am your chosen one
the perfect sphere,
the crazy horse at full gallop,
the destiny, the wild beast.
- তারিক সামিন
পৃথিবীর পথে পথে যত বেশি হাটি
উদ্দীপ্ত হই তত বেশি,
কত গ্রাম, কত শহর
কত ইতিহাস, কত ঐতিহ্য
বয়ে চলে পাশাপাশি।
যেমনি দেখেছি হিংসা-বিদ্বেষ
তেমনি দেখেছি ভালোবাসা
কিছু ভালোলাগার অনুভূতি
সদা জাগরূক হয়ে থাকে।
২৫ শে ডিসেম্বর বড়দিন;
আনন্দ উৎসবে সাজ সাজ রব
সবার চোখে মুখে হাসি,
গির্জা গুলোতে মানুষের ভিড়
সম্ভবত খ্রিস্টান এক শতাংশও
হবে না সেখানে।
তবুও হিন্দু-মুসলিম-বৌদ্ধ শিখ-সাঁওতাল-জৈন
তেমনি দুর্গা পূজাতে
কত আমেরিকান, ইউরোপীয়, সাদা-কালো মানুষ
পৃথিবীর দুর-দুরান্ত হতে ছুটে চলে আসে
প্রাণের উৎসবে অংশ নিতে ।
ঈদ এলে হিন্দু-মুসলিম সবাই
প্রতিদিন আনন্দ উৎসবে
এক হয়ে মানবতার
জয় গান গাই।
এসো ঘৃণার বদলে ভালোবাসা জানাই।
Rozafa Shpuza was born in Shkodra, Albania. After completing High School, she enrolls at University of Literature and successfully graduates in 1990 with a degree in Languages and Literature. She works as a school teacher. Presently, she is editor of parliamentary publications at the Parliament of Albania in Tirana.
In 2011, she publishes her first book in prose entitled “Time of Icons”, followed by “Anipse”, a book with poetry in Geg dialect of Albanian language. In 2016, she publishes her latest literary work named “Grizhlat”.
She practices photography as one of her many hobbies. Rozafa participates in various photography contests in Albania and abroad. In 2015, she opens her first exhibition with photographs from her own collection in Shkodra and Durres.
Rozafa’s literary work and photographs can be found on her blog at rozafaweb.blogspot.al.
Soaring with seagulls
Soaring with seagulls
I linger’d on the verge
of a kiss
a frosty, guileful
the beaming wait
lured me in
lusting me out
of canopy shades,
On tremor’d edge
I held my breath,
snuggled me off
soaring with seagulls.
(Ode to) The old home
Our home had no keys
and days floated smoothly across one room, then the next
my grandmother’s sotto voce refrain
stroking her knots on a nylon thread, like impromptu prayer beads...
Frayed rugs resembled a blind predicament
of doom foretold,
and my whole voyage was a chess game
The old home lingers no more
an epilogue of legends featuring dragons
and I feel the days reappear through keyholes
that were never used,
just like constant transitions in my camera zoom...
By the old house
my backyard awaits
wrapped in high walls,
in unseasoned ivy
snowed upon by hydrangeas
like doll brides shying away.
taut of dull rain,
spread their wings
grimy by gray winds.
grouchy of faded steps,
cradle weak frames
under the smooth weight
of long lost touch,
while broken dreams
throb across cracked walls,
in tearful longing...
Shell of the sea
Hidden in my pocket was a seashell
of which shore, I know not...
I found it as summer folded away
along with few clinging grains of sand
and three coins chiming like nymphs of lonely harbor...
The streaks on her back carved by salty mea culpas
snug in eternal embrace of a love mirage
set adrift for a hundred years across the seas.
I spread her crusty wings gently on my palm
and keep faith that the streaks of fate
will guide my destiny on a path made of dreams...
(translated by:bora shpuza)
GORKA LASA (Panamá 1972)
Poet, writer and visual artist with over five published books – poetry, essays and short stories – among them, Aldebarán, The Edge of Eternity (Poetry 2016), The Equilibrium of the Hemispheres (Poetry 2013), The Clarity, Tales, Dreams and Memories of the Awakening (Narrative 2011) among others. His literary work has been included in many anthologies and collective poetry books of Latin America and Europe, published in specialized international magazines, internet pages, and translated to English, French, Portuguese, Rumanian and Russian. Mr. Lasa studied humanistic and behavioral sciences, with ongoing studies of literature, symbolism, mythology and philosophy. Also has been selected as jury in literary and poetry contests and received various awards and honorific mentions for his work. As a result of his distinctive and critically acclaimed poetry, he has been invited to present his work in many international literary forums, congresses and festivals. To learn more about Gorka Lasa and his work, please visit his personal page: www.gorkalasa.com.
I’ve returned to the horizon,
the ancient silence,
the forgotten shores
the mortal sphere.
I’ve returned in the wind,
like a rebel sun,
burying in the sand
my sin of salt
What Ion has perished in solar tear of my sadness?
what happened to that ocher and scented fluid of God?
that sacred emptiness without form,
after burning in the eternal fire.
In intimate secret, the symbol is born,
dance of the attempt,
the wild flight,
the magic night,
seal of the equator.
Galactic balance of the hemispheres,
the lonely temple of the harmonics,
ancient sentinel of my eternal pain.
We raise our cry in the darkness of the stars,
we define with fire the stationary circles,
the secret keys that defeated time.
I think, I have been around this distant cluster, for eons.
after the ritual, the sorrow,
the wisdom broke my soul,
imploding in me, supernova.
Lucid vastness in which he drank,
far and pilgrim,
my indomitable spirit.
Only for love I’ve taken this route,
only out of compassion,
burns in me,
Exhausted of wandering the route of the cyclic night,
horizon which expands in endless swirls,
eternity which waits holding the supposed myself.
empty generator of fire storms,
solar wind which wears off the barriers of my soul.
Exhausted of the vision which slowly fades away,
dense fog of death over the shape and its sphere.
Tears of blood germinate eternal poems in my hands,
destined to get lost in the human abyss of indifference.
my thoughts draw the shape of the essence,
I walk lifelessly to the non-existent memory,
again, wandering on the axis of the nothing.
Recurrent, sullen, moody.
I won't come back in the old dormant way,