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The Czech Issue

  Editor’s Note   Throughout the month of November B O D Y will be publishing poetry and prose by writers from the Czech Republic.   This issue, featuring recent Czech writing, would not have been possible without literary translators. […]

UK & Irish Poetry Issue

Throughout the month of October B O D Y will be publishing poetry by poets from across the United Kingdom & Ireland. If you think poems written by poets from across the Atlantic all have rhymes lined up like ducks […]

Charlie Clark

  LUCKY DEVIL   One thing about fire, even the slightest tongue will seek another to burn. Same as these hands. Always beckoning. Lucky thing, to see one’s need made being, limbs a-hum, lit with the sight of it, whole […]

Sunni Brown Wilkinson

  AT LAST THE LIGHT IN THE TREES WAVERS   and moves on like an old woman turning away from the mirror. Everything dims. Now the lamp is master. November, and the rake face- down in a pile of leaves […]

Petra Hulova

  THREE PLASTIC ROOMS   (an excerpt)   Three Plastic Rooms A novel by Petra Hůlová Translated from the Czech by Alex Zucker Published by Jantar Publishing   TV Episode One: Women With Handbags I wonder if anyone ever gives […]

W. Scott Howard

  STAIRS ASTIR                     —of trusts, a raining of stars                   truant iris ruins. Elemental art of rust traits and rants, dust starts again tar ruts, urn twists.                   Violet lips, green fist-                   burst jackets of slim-gold exuberance. On the page                   or […]

M. J. Arlett

  CLEARING THE THROAT   I used to cox. Hours on the water calling cadence and strokes. Guiding the boat’s body, guiding the rudder, guiding the bodies driving the boat, pressure from port, up two strokes in three, two, one. […]

Brano Mandic

  FEBO WAITED FOR A PENCIL   Febo could not have realized the truth that accompanied his words or that went out before them like a shock wave. He was not a man for writing. Too open and overly cheerful, […]

Justin Quinn: Bohuslav Reynek’s Journeys

  TOWARD THE END OF HIS LIFE the Czech poet and artist Bohuslav Reynek published a poem that was uncharacteristic in two respects. Its last couple of words are French and Greek. Some poets prosper at the edges of their […]

Karen Greenbaum-Maya

  KILLING TIME   In a waiting room, Kafka picks up a women’s magazine and reads what women are doing for fun. Some are walking, 19 hours a day, 100,000 steps. They wake at 2.00 am, when Kafka has not […]

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