“Hate them all, Father.”

Another coup is denounced, but when will Burma have peace? By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 2, Issue 1 of The SparkplugMarch 2021 On February 1, the military in Myanmar seized power and detained the leader of the elected National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Aung San Suu Kyi. Every day since the coup, protests have… Continue reading “Hate them all, Father.”

a letter from a jail cell

K ZA WINTranslated from Burmese into English by Ko Ko ThettPrinted March 2021 This leaflet (poem from “My Reply to Ramond”, which ko ko thett circulated in January 2021, and kkt’s note) is included with this issue of The Sparkplug. Dear Father,the River, whose stomachwas cut open, has declared waron our tiny house on the bank,… Continue reading a letter from a jail cell

In memory of poet K Za Win (1982-2021)

How does one respectfully mourn the death and honour the life of a poet? Most naturally, by sharing their work. But, where the poet’s voice is now silent, perhaps it is also by pollinating those unnatural voids with the materials they most resonated with — ideas. The printing of this special, combined edition of The… Continue reading In memory of poet K Za Win (1982-2021)

Le cercle des Arabes disparus … et retrouvés / The circle of Arabs lost … and found

ABDELLATIF LAÂBI Published as a bilingual edition:Translated from French into English by Donald Nicholson-Smith Illustration by Rem StahlJune 2020 “Ici la Voix des Arabes libres. Nous vous parlons de quelque part, et le temps nous est compté. Car, n’hésitons pas à le dire, nous faisons partie d’une espèce menacée de disparition. L’air se raréfie autour… Continue reading Le cercle des Arabes disparus … et retrouvés / The circle of Arabs lost … and found

This Sea is Mohammad al-Khatib’s

هذا البحر لمحمد الخطيب عدنية شبلي ADANIA SHIBLIIllustration by Rem StahlJuly 2019 “But who is Mohammad al-Khatib? We know he is a young man, twenty years old, and that he is from al-Khalil. And he wanted to go to the sea, with his friends. We can then assume that he deliberated at length over the… Continue reading This Sea is Mohammad al-Khatib’s