“I wonder/ if you even remember/ the haunted expression on her face…” Poem of the Week (3 October), by Alishba Shezal Ali.”Read More
The Missing Slate’s October 2017 online poetry issue, edited by Craig Santos Perez.Read More
“i want to tell you about that lagoon/ that lucid, sleepy lagoon lounging against the sunrise…”
A Pacific climate change poem, by Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner.
“because their taro fields are washed away/ by the hungry sea/ they are hungry…”
A Pacific climate change poem, by Evelyn Flores.
“Become more than a wave or a grain of sand for others to step on…”
A Pacific climate change poem, by Serena Ngaio Simmons.
“It is clear that the country’s situation is in a state of conflict, wherein the burden of centuries old customs are still felt deeply and staunch patriarchs are in power.” Hina Zahir Imam writes about the SHEvolution in Saudi Arabia.
“The Pink Taxi service… launched in March 2017 in Karachi and is already seeing an overwhelmingly positive response.” Ifra Asad reports on Paxi.
“I feel I might collapse at any minute. I need to release this mounting pressure somehow…” Elizabeth Lee Reynolds explores her connection with nature.
Farda Ali Khan performs her poem, ‘I Don’t Know What It Means To Be A Pakistani’. In a close competition, she placed third in a competition that showcased the talents of young poets under 30, from backgrounds as diverse as medicine, computer science and engineering, and the literary arts. The poem examines the shifting sands of culture against a backdrop of fragile patriotism.
Finalist and winner Orooj-e-Zafar performs her winning poem, ‘When Your Body Smiles’. She tied with Risham Amjad when the panel of judges that included poet and TMS contributor Ilona Yusuf and the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, was undecided on who to give the final prize to. Her poem speaks to the importance of being true to who you are and the daily struggle of being comfortable in your own skin.
Finalist and winner Risham Amjad performs her winning poem, ‘Conversations With A Reluctant Feminist’. She tied with Orooj-e-Zafar when our panel of judges was stumped who to give the final prize to. This strong poem attests to the struggles faced by women everywhere today.