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ISBN: 1-931883-11-4
ISSN: 1525-5204
Pages: 246
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
Distributed By: Publishers Group West

Two Lines 12: Bodies

Fall 2005

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.

Table of Contents
Translated from German by Eric Grunwald
Nothing in the Mail
Translated from Russian by Amy Babich
Translated from Italian by Jamie Richards
The Best Dancer
Translated from German by Allison Gallup
Translated from French by Polly McLean
Aged Geisha and "Young" Kabuki Actors
Translated from Japanese by William J. Farge S. J.
Without Prescription: Radio Scripts
Translated from Bulgarian by Zoya Marincheva
Love is Lemony
Translated from Persian by Niloufar Talebi
Translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé
Dressing Up in Her Poems—An Essay with Translations from Vietnamese
Translated from Vietnamese by John Balaban
Killing Him: A Radio Play
Translated from Hebrew by Hadar Makov-Hasson & Adam Seelig
Three Epigrams
Translated from Latin by Susan McLean
Fragments from "The Prohibited Territory"
Translated from Estonian by Terje Saar-Hambazaza
The Drugs, The Words
Translated from German by Peter Filkins
Virgil's Sex-Crazed World
Translated from Latin by Kimberly Johnson
Translated from Spanish by John Oliver Simon
Of All Things Vertical
Translated from Spanish by Fred Fornoff
Mozart's Third Brain
Translated from Swedish by Rika Lesser
The rain that falls just once a year... | I'll swim toward you... | Do you still know the sweet scent of plantain trees...
Translated from French by Zack Rogow
Crucified Against the May Sky
Translated from Romanian by Adam J. Sorkin & Tess Gallagher & Liliana Ursu
Recognizing the Body
Translated from Hebrew by Becka Mara McKay
Sing Now If You Can, Hijo de Puta!
Translated from Spanish by John Felstiner
In Praise of Pork | You Too Will Fall
Translated from Hungarian by Livia Varju
Translated from Czech by Deborah Garfinkle