F.J. Bergmann

F.J. Bergmann frequents Wisconsin, and has no literary academic credentials, but hangs out a lot with folks who do. Publication credits include Alimentum, Margie, Mississippi Review, Opium, and Southern Poetry Review, as well as three chapbooks, the most recent being Constellation of the Dragonfly (Plan B Press, 2008). Further iniquities may be viewed at .

Dennis Loney

Denis Loney's work has appeared in 32 Poems and the Sewanee Theological Review, and his manuscript, Casualties of Conveyance, was a finalist for the Hecht Prize. He received a BA from Creighton University and an MA in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, he received a fellowship from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Bob Watts

Bob Watts grew up in rural North Carolina and holds the Creative Writing Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, New York Quarterly, and other journalsHis first collection, Past Providence, won the 2004 Stanzas Prize from David Robert Books. He teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor at Lehigh University.

Stephen Collington

Stephen Collington studied English and East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto, and Comparative Literature at the University of Tokyo.  His interest in Asian literature dates from his first enchanted encounter with the Chinese character itself, black-ink epitome of Emerson's famed dictum, "Language is fossil poetry."  He has never been to Sichuan, but when he visited neighbouring Hunan in the 1990s, the slogans from the Cultural Revolution were still visible on the farmhouse walls.  He would like to dedicate "How long is life?" to

John Whitworth

John Whitworth is one of those fattish, baldish, backward-looking, provincial poets in which England is so rich (perhaps too rich).  His ninth collection, Being the Bad Guy, was published by Peterloo in November 2007.  Les Murray likes it.  Good on him.  You might also consider Writing Poetry published by A & C Black, one of those how-to books; it has run to a second

Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman was born in Belfast in 1981, but has spent most of his life in England and now lives in Bristol. He studied English Literature at the University of Leicester (BA, 2005) and Durham University (MA, 2006). He is currently an AHRC-funded Ph.D. student at the University of Leicester, and is writing a thesis on themes of belonging and estrangement in post-War British poetry. He has published or is due to publish essays on John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and Charles Causley.

David Mason

David Mason was born in Bellingham, Washington in 1954. His books of poetry include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, Arrivals and the verse novel Ludlow.

The Sultan’s Crown

english translation

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Jeffrey Einboden, John Slater reads the poem in translation, The Sultan’s Crown by Hafiz (translated from the Persian.)

The Sultan’s Crown

original Persian poem

The Sultan's Crown - Persian Original

دمی با غم بسر بردن جهان یکسر نمی‌ارزد
به می بفروش دلق ما کزین بهتر نمی‌ارزد

به کوی می فروشانش به جامی بر نمی‌گیرند
زهی سجادﮤ تقوﻯ که یک ساغر نمی‌ارزد

رقیبم سرزﻧﺸﻬا کرد کزاین باب رخ برتاب
چه افتاد این سر ما را که خاک در نمی‌ارزد

شکوه تاج سلطانی که بیم جان دران درج است
کلاهی دلکش است اما به ترک سر نمی‌ارزد

ﺒﺲ آسان می‌نمود اول غم دریا ببوی سود
غلط ﮔﻓﺘم که این طوفان بصد گوهر نمی‌ارزد

ترا آن به که روی خود ز مشتاقان بپوشانی
که شادی جهانگیری غم لشکر نمی‌ارزد

چو حافظ در قناعت کوش و از دﻧﻴﺎی دون بگذر
که یک جو منت دونان ﺒصد من زر نمی‌ارزد

Jeffrey Einboden, John Slater

Jeffrey Einboden is a graduate of Magdalene College, Cambridge where he completed a doctorate concerning English translations of Islamic poetry.  Currently an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University, Einboden's recent publications include "A Qur'ānic Milton: From Paradise to al-Firdaws" (Milton Quarterly 43:3) and "Washington Irving in Muslim Translation: Revising the American Mahomet" (Translation & Literature 18:1).  His "The Genesis of Weltliteratur: Goethe's West-&o

Kevin Durkin

Kevin Durkin's poems have appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, The New Criterion, Poetry, Poetry Daily, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.

Currently a director of communications at the University of Southern California, he resides in Santa Monica.

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