To Hell With Complaining

Apr 06, 2020

We all know the type and have been them, at times: the chronically dissatisfied. Short-changed by life at every turn, or so they believe, they adopt a scorched-earth mentality. Each time they unbutton their lips, it’s to tear down, belittle, bemoan: the weather, the news, their colleagues, the...

A Poet’s Meditations on Inspiration and Hope

Dec 21, 2019

A poem arrives like a hand in the dark. Who knows where inspiration comes from, and where it goes. I submit that even artists don’t — at least not yours truly. After something of a dry patch, where I began to refer to myself as an “ex-writer,” I find that I'm writing poetry, again:...

Charles Bernstein: Poetry in Solidarity with the Iranian People

Mar 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to renowned American poet and literary scholar Charles Bernstein. Strangulating economic sanctions are no novelty for the Iranian people, who have borne the brunt of international embargoes for almost four decades now. The United States...

Poets Speak Out Against US Sanctions On Iran

Mar 06, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to exiled Iranian poet and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri. Iran’s relations with the United States seem to have come to a nadir under the current administration. One of the first decisions President Donald Trump took after entering the White...

Octavio Paz: Translating the Universe

Jun 02, 2018

If a poet is said to translate the language of the universe, Octavio Paz offered a refined epitome of such a transaction. For a man who did not relish writing, Mexico's most renowned poet, Octavio Paz, simply savored and enjoyed its result, be it plaudits, or brickbats. He never used the good...

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