POEM: Anita Patel remembers two dear moments of bonding with strangers, unimpeded by any veil of “difference”.
Pesma 50 (Poem 50)
POEM: Vesna Cvjetićanin brings us a poem exploring the inescapable nature of genes and family heritage, in both English and Serbian.
A foothold lost
POEM: Jasmine Soukieh shares with us a rolling, rhythmical poem that touches on the untouchable nature of ancestry, heritage, condemnation, pardon, disquietude…
Learning a second language as an adult
POEM: Ella Kurz takes us on a visceral trip, exploring the mind-body experience of learning a new language.
Allowing Me To Leave… (for Asefeh Zeinalabedini)
POEM: Anita Patel shares a poem inspired by her friend Asefeh’s journey from Tabriz to Canberra.
About the Eyes
POEM: Artist and poet Akka Ballenger Constantin reflects on writing in her mother tongue, Romanian, and brings us a poem written in four languages – Spanish, French, Romanian and English.
Zanesena u sećanjima / Занесена у сећањима
POEM: Vesna Cvjetićanin brings us a poem about daydreaming and nostalgia, and their interaction with everyday life
The young girl caught sitting on the fence
POEM: Dunja Cvjetićanin brings us her “The young girl caught sitting on the fence”, a rumination on belonging – or lack thereof.
Songs of longing
POEM: Just in time for Chinese New Year, Win Yee Tan brings us her “Songs of longing”, building on Li Bai’s poem, “Ponderings on a quiet night”.
Čavrljanje / Чаврљањe (Chit-chatting)
POEM: Vesna Cvjetićanin speaks about the challenges involved in chatting casually in a language that isn’t your mother tongue.