It rained last night by Kanchan Chatterjee

It rained last nightby Kanchan Chatterjee The plastic bins look new & the grass smells fresh& sparrows chirp . . . I’m missing the cobbled alleys ofDurbar Square, Kathmandu Sujata,when will you return? PHOTO: Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Richie Chan, used by permission.  NOTE: Kathmandu is the capital and largest city of Nepal, with a population ofContinue reading “It rained last night by Kanchan Chatterjee”

Seoraksan by Lucille Lang Day

Seoraksan by Lucille Lang Day On a clear day from the top of Mt. Seorak, which juts more than a mile into the sky, you can see all the way to North Korea, but Google won’t tell you exactly, or even roughly, how far that is. Sorry, your search appears to be outside our currentContinue reading “Seoraksan by Lucille Lang Day”

How to Cross a Street in Saigon by Tina Hacker

How to Cross a Street in Saigon by Tina Hacker Streets, sidewalks, hotel courtyards, storefront verandas, grassy swaths of park, any unoccupied spaces become stages for vehicles. Walk in a straight line, avoid swerving or stopping. Maintain an even tempo, a ballerina dancing to a baroque fugue, exact steps from one side to the other.Continue reading “How to Cross a Street in Saigon by Tina Hacker”

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, The Poem I Can’t Yet Name

The Poem I Can’t Yet Name by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai Translated from the Vietnamese by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Bruce Weigl For my grandmother My hands lift high a bowl of rice, the seeds harvested in the field where my grandmother was laid to rest. Each rice seed tastes sweet as the sound ofContinue reading “Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, The Poem I Can’t Yet Name”