"...to Ceylon's leaden sky will come the high anticyclone..."

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A quick list to poets featured in this issue:

Valarie Duff

Nick Flynn

Jim Behrle

Fred Marchant

Jacob Strautmann

Vera Kroms

Henry Israeli

Daniel Gutstein

Joyelle McSweeney

David Dodd Lee

Daniel Bosch

Michael Perrow

Luljeta Lleshanaku

Miklós Radnóti

Nikolai Baitov

Drago Stambuk

Zafer Senocak

Nikolai Baitov
translated from the Russian by J. Kates

From Horace

Check it out, my friend: not the whole year round
does ice close up the rolling Yangtse—
nor eternally do the blizzards howl
like wolves over Cyprus.

The day will dawn—be sure of it—
when those folk dances of magnetic fire,
suspended by the polar night
over Zambezi will disappear.

Soon enough even to Ceylon's leaden sky
will come the high anticyclone,
and over the radio you and I
will rejoice for our kin.

But for now, friend, amid myrtle foliage
don't let your spirit overdose
on compassion, don't poison with anxiety
the limpid pools of paradise.


Translator's Bio Note J. Kates is a poet and literary translator
who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.