Arrhythmic (poem)

By Geoffrey Aitken
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Mark Palmer

human resilience
confounds,
offsets comic hopelessness
where unworldly conditions
remain under-reported
and sees survival instinct
rebirth,
on the distraction
of a single
raindrop’s pat.

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Blackout (poem)

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Bänoo Zan’s poem was written in the aftermath of countrywide protests against sudden steep rise in fuel price in Iran on November 15. Authorities shot down the Internet of the whole country and embarked on a horrific killing spree. Amnesty International has so far verified 208 deaths in less than a week.