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10 Questions for Ryler Dustin

- By Edward Clifford

In Edinburgh I could not understand
   what the cabdriver said as he drove me
           to the restaurant, and inside the only person
   who would speak to me was a Lithuanian
                  with pink hair, who leaned
      above her wine and whispered,
                                              nothing is familiar.
—from "...


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10 Questions for Esther Lin

- By Edward Clifford

But what is a Chinaman to do with Africa,
I hear you ask, on the great green waters that separate

the forets of Madagascar from Mozambique Island,
where half a million women and men walked down

stone ramps into waiting ships?
—from "For My Father the West Begins in Africa," Volume 61, Issue 3 (Fall 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
One of the first serious stabs at poetry I wrote was about eating in a restaurant. I looped in every poetic device I possibly could, experienced or not, and somehow ended the poem in an apple orchard in Ontario. Still, it was the first poem I wrote that made me consider where I might travel in a poem, geographically and...


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10 Questions for Alex de Voogt

- By Edward Clifford

One candle will suffice.      The light somewhat subdued
will be better suited,      will be more agreeable
as Love is drawing closer,     as its Shadows arrive.

One candle will suffice.      The room should indulge
in two much light tonight.
—from "For them to arrive" by C.P. Cavafy, Translated by Alex de Voogt

Tell us about one of the first pieces you translated.
When I was studying an East African board game, known as bao, for my thesis, I encountered a poem on the subject. Muyaka bin Haji, a famous Swahili poet of the early nineteenth century had written a...


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10 Questions for Brooke Sahni

- By Edward Clifford

First, we were taught how to spell
His name, then we were told to draw Him.
It was an exercise in metaphor.
The balls of paper amassed before me
while my class mates drew stars, maps of the Holy Land.
I thought I should color everything I could think of
—from "G-d, a Portrait," Volume 61, Issue 3 (Fall 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
For as long as I could write, I have. I’ve always had journals, but one of the first “formal” pieces I remember writing was in 3rd grade—a short book called Chloe, about a golden retriever princess. My teacher, generously, told me she couldn’t wait to see my first book in a bookstore one day; this stayed with me...


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10 Questions for Cody Kommers

- By Edward Clifford

The only architecturally modern building in Nyamata is the town church. Or at least it was. Ot still stands today, one story tall, made from bricks, with a high-ceilinged sanctuary in the middle. Back in its full glory the church was the centerpiece of Nyamata, a small village on a hill in south Rwanda, just north of the Burundi border. The church always stood out from the other features in Nyamata, like a grand cathedral presiding over an old city square—though such cathedrals aren't typically riddled with bullet holes.
—from "As With a Harvest," Volume 61, Issue 3 (Fall 2020)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first long-form piece I wrote was about the map of...


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