Poem

Janata

The End and the Beginning

The End and the Beginning (translated by Johanna Trzeciak)   After every war someone has to clean up. Things won’t straighten themselves up, after all.   Someone has to push the rubble to the side of the road, so the corpse-filled wagons can pass.   Someone has to get mired in scum and ashes, sofa…

Janata

Turned Out You Were Just Like Us

Turned Out You Were Just Like Us (Pakistani poet, human-rights activist and feminist, Fahmida Riaz, passed away at the age of 72 on November 22, 2018. We are publishing below the English translation of one of her oft-quoted nazms, “Tum bilkul hum jaise nikle”.)   So it turned out you were just like us! Where…