Modern Poetry in Translation

MPT Magazine – Clean Hands: Focus on the Pandemic in Europe

MPT’s spring issue ‘Clean Hands’ focuses on the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe, featuring the Stanza/MPT Windowswap Project; a conversation between Simone Atangana Bekono and Jay Bernard about the language of lockdown; and new poems and translations from across the continent including Jan Wagner, Stella N’Djoku, David Harsent, Safiye Can, David Constantine, Agnès Agboton, and many more. Also: an introduction to Uyghur poetry curated by Munawwar Abdulla, Naush Sabah’s version of ‘Qasida Burda’, and climate change poems by Marion Poschmann, translated by Jen Calleja. All this and more in the groundbreaking magazine dedicated to poetry in translation: for the best in world poetry read MPT.

Hungarian Translation Workshop

To complement Modern Poetry in Translation’s spring issue, Clean Hands: Focus on the Pandemic in Europe, we are pleased to launch this online workshop sponsored by the European Cultural Foundation. This poem is by the Hungarian poet Anna T Szabo, whose Selected Poems, Trust, is published by Arc in the UK this spring, co-translated by Anna with Clare Pollard. Anna has kindly made this bridge translation and given us these helpful notes. Please post your translations up by 20 May, and Anna T Szabo will pick their favourite submissions to feature on the MPT website.


Interested in reading other poems from MPT’s spring issue ‘Clean Hands’? Check out the poems below.