Jana Prikryl
Out of the sheath dress gently hopping, sparrow in the lot below in the great complacency of summer...
from the book Midwood / W. W. Norton & Company

What Sparks Poetry is a serialized feature in which we invite poets to explore experiences and ideas that spark new poems.

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Felicia Zamora on Threa Almontaser's <em>The Wild Fox of Yemen</em>
Photo: Felicia Zamora
Boris Dralyuk
For those two minutes, she’ll make you believe: Somewhere there’s music. It’s where you are.
Jay Hopler
jay hopler was born the mint-condition-in-original-packaging-       action-figure-w/-kill-piggy-death-grip (collector’s edition)
Yu Xiuhua (translated from the Chinese by Fiona Sze-Lorrain)
—when I flick a speck of cigarette ash, another has arisen  I love someone to death  Another is in my belly  Rain sounds different in different places
Threa Almontaser
As designated translator, I taste saffron, gold coins, a slight burning. Since I’ve returned, there has been less of me in English. Though return always meant measuring the earth’s door, tongue ozoned and still learning

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