On Contemplating Stars: New and Timely Translations of Alexander Pushkin. essay by Olga Stein

Title: On Contemplating Stars: New and Timely Translations of Alexander PushkinEssay on The Star of Dazzling Ecstasy: 79 Poems by Alexander Pushkin, translated by Philip NikolayevA&B Publishers and Tiptop Street, 2021   PART 1: On Reading Pushkin in the Present Alexander Pushkin is widely considered Russia’s greatest poet. In terms of Russia’s literature, its poeticContinue reading “On Contemplating Stars: New and Timely Translations of Alexander Pushkin. essay by Olga Stein”

Hypoxic Hours. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar

Hypoxic Hours “Mama, do you know what happened to you, a few minutes ago ?”Speechless and numb, I stared at my elder daughter Sara. Her  pale face, reflected grave concern. Something had happened, for I felt my clothes were wet. I was sitting on the edge of the bed, in a daze, my mind foggy.Continue reading “Hypoxic Hours. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar”

A Spark in the Ashes. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar

A Spark in the Ashes “From the ashes a fire shall be woken” — J.R.Tolkien. J.R.Tolkien’s poetic expression stirred the ashes in the sorrowful soul, blew them away a bit, and began to awaken the saddened muse, still in shock from the killing wave of Covid -19. It had struck harshly, crashing like a hurricaneContinue reading “A Spark in the Ashes. non-fiction by Anjum Wasim Dar”

Women’s Happiness: Linking Writing with Well-being. Editorial by Olga Stein

A recent trip to my doctor’s office yielded something I value greatly — an article that could prompt me to start writing. I had been mulling over how to address one of the main themes of WordCity’s March 2022 edition: living and writing during the pandemic. It was pure luck that while waiting for myContinue reading “Women’s Happiness: Linking Writing with Well-being. Editorial by Olga Stein”

Creating the Pandemic. non-fiction by Suzanne Steele

Creating the Pandemic It has been a time. My little family weathered the first part of the 2020 Pandemic year hunkered down in a run-down log cabin on a tiny, socially insular island in the north Pacific. My daughter, called back from Oxford (UK) after our federal government warned us all to come home, spentContinue reading “Creating the Pandemic. non-fiction by Suzanne Steele”

This could have been an ACCUTE Conference Paper: Part 1. by Olga Stein

  Essay Title: Q & A with WordCity’s editors regarding the Pandemic, Or: This could have been an ACCUTE Conference Paper on New Intimacies: Literary Communities in the Aftermath by Olga Stein The list of literary magazines still in existence worldwide found in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia is just under 400. Thirty-eight of the listedContinue reading “This could have been an ACCUTE Conference Paper: Part 1. by Olga Stein”

A Bird-While. non-ficton by Cal Freeman

A Bird-While I heard what sounded like a bird struggling inside one of the aluminum pillars on my porch. I knew there was no way for a bird to extend its wings and fly out of such a narrow space, so I went back to the garage to grab the thin plastic tube of aContinue reading “A Bird-While. non-ficton by Cal Freeman”

Memoir of a Boyhood in Cameroon and Nigeria. by John Echem

Memoir of a Boyhood in Cameroon and Nigeria  “A man can only tell where it started raining on him, but not where he’ll get dry.” —Igbo proverb Chapter 1. Mbenge Mboka i. We lived in many houses in the years of my boyhood, but the plank house on the street of Mbenge Mboka, in Mbonge,Continue reading “Memoir of a Boyhood in Cameroon and Nigeria. by John Echem”

Sunflowers. non-fiction by Susan Glickman

Theodor Adorno famously declared that “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” One might just as well observe that to paint sunflowers after Van Gogh is arrogant. But how can anyone fascinated by colour not attempt this most charismatic of blossoms? For Van Gogh himself, they invited an almost scientific investigation of chromatic possibility usingContinue reading “Sunflowers. non-fiction by Susan Glickman”