I’ve been struggling to find time for an extended commentary on Taslima Nasrin’s book The Game in Reverse, but it looks like it’s not going to happen. So let me just say that this 10-year-old publication by the Bangladeshi poet, novelist and essayist is the perfect antidote to the squishy vapidity of so much American verse. Nasrin’s poems, as translated by the fine poet Carolyne Wright, are tough-minded and clear-eyed … exactly the sort of work one might expect from the winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.