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Editors' Note

This special issue of Poetry wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Ilya Kaminsky and the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Catherine Halley and, Jonathan Galassi and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and the Pulitzer Center. In the spring of 2014, Farrar, Straus and Giroux will release I Am The Beggar Of The World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan. On July 30, 2013, The Pulitzer Center will present the reading and film screening event I am the beggar of the world at Culture Project in New York City. And finally, this summer in Chicago we will mount an exhibit at the Poetry Foundation, at 61 West Superior Street, featuring additional photographs by Seamus Murphy.

Originally Published: June 3, 2013


On June 10, 2013 at 4:12pm K. Burns wrote:
I didn't think Poetry Magazine could sink any further into sanctimony
and irrelevance but congratulations, you've managed! With this epic
misanthropic screed you've managed to carve out a special place
among the leading exemplars of culturally progressive publication.
We're talking People Magazine! Keep up the great work and don't let
poetry get in the way!

K. Burns

On June 12, 2013 at 1:49pm D. Scott wrote:
Well, big thanks. I really have not heard enough about
Afghanistan these past 10 years or so. In the interest of
fairness and full disclosure, I didn't even bother to read
past the first few lines.

On June 14, 2013 at 8:39am David wrote:
Hi -

The next time you run out of ideas, please just re-print
some Kay Ryan poems.

Thanks in advance,

On June 20, 2013 at 9:38am Maureen Kilgallon wrote:
Couldn't stop reading Landays once I started. I appreciate the insight it gives into the lives of many Afghan women and the creative way they manage to encapsulate their situation. I found both the text and photos captivating. The video was very good too but it unfortunately stopped in the middle - don't know why.


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This prose originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2013

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