Two Lines 12: Bodies
Here in your orchard, Father, such peace.
The cherry trees blush and coyly offer
their firm flesh and sweet light.
—from “Crucified Against the May Sky” by Liliana Ursu, translated from the Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin, Tess Gallagher, & Liliana Ursu
Two Lines, Issue 12: Bodies features writing from 21 different countries—from Austria to Vietnam—and 17 different languages. The pieces in this issue are as varied as they are strange: from a starving Hungarian prisoner’s fantasies—not of creamy thighs but of a juicy pork chop—to a physically challenged Swiss boy’s fantastic voyages of imagination; from stark Estonian poems about a man trapped and alone to a Swedish meditation on celestial bodies and our part in making the earth’s music; from lemon-scented sex in an Iranian poem to a dark Czech vision of a vampire.