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Unfolding does not, inherently, mean disruption. Like a poem, we’re asked by Lao-tzu to approach the world to find the harmony between existence and non-existence. And as a series of poems, the Taoteching moves beyond its genre because it not only is an aesthetic object, but a manual for living, both as an individual and as a society.

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Lao-tzu (translated from the Chinese by Red Pine)
existence makes a thing useful but nonexistence makes it work

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Tomaž Šalamun (translated from the Slovene by Matthew Moore)
The ostrich rocks the boat. He cuts the ribbon. You unglue from...

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Forough Farrokhzad (translated from the Persian by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr.)
A window for seeing A window for hearing A window like a well...

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Jana Prikryl
Out of the sheath dress gently hopping, sparrow in the lot below in the great complacency of summer...

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Boris Dralyuk
For those two minutes, she’ll make you believe: Somewhere there’s music. It’s where you are.

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Jay Hopler
jay hopler was born the mint-condition-in-original-packaging-       action-figure-w/-kill-piggy-death-grip (collector’s edition)

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Yu Xiuhua (translated from the Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain)
—when I flick a speck of cigarette ash, another has arisen  I love someone to death  Another is in my belly  Rain sounds different in different places

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Threa Almontaser’s book, The Wild Fox of Yemen, undoes me, bodily. These poetic worlds ferociously cast aside the white gaze in an act of reclaiming illegibility—while also acknowledging the searing that occurs from being unable to be interpreted.

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Threa Almontaser
As designated translator, I taste saffron, gold coins, a slight burning. Since I’ve returned, there has been less of me in English. Though return always meant measuring the earth’s door, tongue ozoned and still learning

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