Revisiting 1990s Russia: Biznes in the Wild East. editorial by Olga Stein

Olga Stein’s May, 2022 editorial Revisiting 1990s Russia: Biznes in the Wild East Russia’s invasion of Ukraine constitutes one of the biggest, gravest assaults on national sovereignty and human rights in decades. How does one explain it? Is there a political context one can parse well enough to make sense of decisions that have ledContinue reading “Revisiting 1990s Russia: Biznes in the Wild East. editorial by Olga Stein”

Alla Gutnikova’s Speech from Court

Alla Gutnikova and three other editors of the student magazine DOXA were tried in court in Moscow on Friday 8th April and on 12th April were sentenced two years of ‘correctional labour’ and a 3-year ban on administering any websites. It is as yet unclear what correctional labour entails – they may have to liveContinue reading “Alla Gutnikova’s Speech from Court”

The Aliens Created by Nation-States: A Review of Voices on the Move: An Anthology about Refugees. by Alina Stefanescu

The Aliens Created by Nation-States: A Review of Voices on the Move: An Anthology about Refugees Domnica Radulescu and Roxana Cazan, editors, Voices on the Move: An Anthology by and about Refugees. Solis Press, September 28, 2020. ‎ISBN 978-1910146460 * “The alien is even more animal than the animals,” Brandon Shimoda wrote in his hybridContinue reading “The Aliens Created by Nation-States: A Review of Voices on the Move: An Anthology about Refugees. by Alina Stefanescu”

Kapo, by Aleksandar Tišma. a review by Livi Michael

Aleksandar Tišma. Kapo, New York Review Books, (2021) £11.99 The term ‘Kapo’, as David Rieff explains in his illuminating afterword to this novel, refers to a prisoner in the concentration camps who has been selected by the Nazis to work for them. Lamian, the protagonist of this novel, has served as a kapo in Auschwitz.Continue reading “Kapo, by Aleksandar Tišma. a review by Livi Michael”

Emergence and Renewal. a review of books by Gordon Phinn.

Emergence and Renewal Books Considered: Maybe It’s Me – On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman, Eileen Pollack (Delphinium Books 2022)Artful Flight, Susan Glickman (Porcupine’s Quill 2022)In the Writers’ Words, Laurence Hutchman (Guernica 2022)Music, Late and Soon, Robyn Sarah (Biblioasis 2022)The Swan: A Biography,  Steven Moss (Square Peg 2021)A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers,Continue reading “Emergence and Renewal. a review of books by Gordon Phinn.”

Words for War. selected poems. Oksana Maksymchuk & Max Rosochinsky

WordCity Literary Journal gratefully acknowledges editors Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky and the following poets for partnering with us on this issue. For more on this collection, please visit https://www.wordsforwar.com and consider purchasing from your favourite bookshop. Contents: Anastasia Afanasieva – from The Plain Sense of Things Vasyl Horoborodko – I fly away in theContinue reading “Words for War. selected poems. Oksana Maksymchuk & Max Rosochinsky”

Reskinned Moloch. a poem by Mansour Noorbakhsh

Reskinned Moloch To: Ukrainian children after Russian invasion has raised again his shadow with opened arms to burn the children, though has changed, reskinned, this time his arms are open to embrace the world, Ukraine, Europe … what else would be the next? perhaps still I am an immature child who dreams maturity of aContinue reading “Reskinned Moloch. a poem by Mansour Noorbakhsh”

Sirens of Death. a poem by Alexia Kalogeropoulou

Sirens of death Listen, listen to the drums of war how they beat like human hearts in agony listen to the sirens how they scream like human voices mourning the future deads look at the fear on the faces of the children an hecatomb of deaths is being prepared for justice, they say, or forContinue reading “Sirens of Death. a poem by Alexia Kalogeropoulou”

we’ve held our breath. a poem by Josephine LoRe

we’ve held our breath through seven hundred pandemic days waiting to awaken into normal but this morning images careen across the screen tanks thunder through streets seven hundred thousand flee from the beast mouths agape in silent scream a continent away my students cautiously approach me and ask in a hush Madame will the worldContinue reading “we’ve held our breath. a poem by Josephine LoRe”

Freyja. a poem by Rachel J. Fenton

Freyja for Robert Sullivan My people’s fierceness is noted in poetry and prose. When I approach your ship, I steer a position to my favour, furl my sail. My mast is un-stepped before I tether my vessel to yours so that we become two islands made one. Do not try to hurl yourself overboard, thereContinue reading “Freyja. a poem by Rachel J. Fenton”