Surfacing. Prose poems by Susan Tiberghien

Star Chair A first photo shows him six months old, sitting in a small straw chair. A second photo show him one year old, upright, holding on to the back of the same straw chair. He’s now two years old. We’re waiting at the airport. When we try to stand him on his own, heContinue reading “Surfacing. Prose poems by Susan Tiberghien”

Daughters of Smoke and Fire. A novel excerpt by Ava Homa

Daughters of Smoke and Fire (courtesy of HarperCollins) Chapter 14 When his grandpa drew a yogurt mustache above Alan’s lips, the boy dissolved into giggles. Picturing himself with real whiskers thrilled Alan, who thought that facial hair might make up for being shorter than the other boys in his class. “Your laughter woke me up,Continue reading “Daughters of Smoke and Fire. A novel excerpt by Ava Homa”

Adnan Mahmutović in conversation with Jane SpokenWord

In this month’s podcast we introduce you to Adnan Mahmutović, a Bosnian-Swedish teacher, writer, and editor, who has written extensively on war, refugees, and immigrant experiences. Adnan became a refugee of in 1993 and landed in Sweden. He worked for a decade with people with brain damage while studying English and philosophy. He has PhDContinue reading “Adnan Mahmutović in conversation with Jane SpokenWord”

WordCity Literary Journal. February 2021. Issue 6

Letter from the Editor, Darcie Friesen Hossack Just on the other side of the window from where I write, it is cold. Here in the early half of February, in what’s considered a northern part of Canada, even though there’s more of the country above than below, it reached minus 38 degrees Celsius overnight, andContinue reading “WordCity Literary Journal. February 2021. Issue 6”

A Ray Of Hope. A poem by Fagbemi Jesulayomi Abigail

A Ray Of Hope What a glimmering gloomy day! Full of fiery fears and hopelessness_ Will it ever get better? ‘Cause it doesn’t seem like it. It seems to look the same_ Same obscurity everyday, With not a ray of light– To brighten my day. Days are meant to be bright_ Why the gloom? IContinue reading “A Ray Of Hope. A poem by Fagbemi Jesulayomi Abigail”

3 Poems by Ken Cathers

harvest   she is planting the dead birds in the back garden   imagines delicate plumed stems sprout in moist soil.   there is a place below where bones reknit, grow flesh   become the small buds of unhatched warblers. it is a cosmology   made up, a child’s mystery emblazed with wonder.   IContinue reading “3 Poems by Ken Cathers”

2 Poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh

Meet After: Requiem by Anna Akhmatova I will never forget you I cannot although I know you will not come back, and I will not see you again.   Where did you die? I don’t know. Hanged up in a prison or killed in a war?   I never believed the news that said youContinue reading “2 Poems by Mansour Noorbakhsh”

2 Poems by Bernard Gabriel Okurut

A bird in exile   Here I am lonely bird, Flying from tree to tree With no place to call my own. Here I am lonely star shining on A moonless night.   Here I am-dead river, Flowing without end Carrying nothing but dead remains! Hear I stand,  Hopelessly in the middle of nowhere. AmContinue reading “2 Poems by Bernard Gabriel Okurut”

Love is in the air. A poem by Josephine LoRe

Love is in the air     and I say love with cheese…   gruyère and emmenthal   brie, parmeggiano     crocks for the oven, red and gray   a bag of onions and bay leaves plucked  from nanna’s garden last summer  a half-baked baguette   and chicken stock & thyme     andContinue reading “Love is in the air. A poem by Josephine LoRe”

2 Poems by Patrick Williamson

Three rivers Even the three rivers the winds, the currents which bring better or worse, even as the filter of my tongue presents a different palette love remains the same when we speak of broad rivers misery, silence, speech the ocean rises up to you, in you this is what I can give, this toContinue reading “2 Poems by Patrick Williamson”