This anthology celebrates the artistic and cultural forces that have flourished in the East, presenting multifarious poets who have rewritten tradition and broadened world literature. We’ve attempted to include a broad selection of established and emerging South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, Central Asian poets as well as poets living in the Diaspora. We’ve brought together over 400 diverse voices, native and transplanted, political and apolitical, monastic and erotic, known and unknown, in the hope of providing insights that transcend any narrowly defined strata of Eastern culture. We hope that gathering these voices raises awareness of the abundance and variety of poetry produced in these regions. These poems share a vision of humanness and a devotion to the transformative power of art, irrespective of ethnic or geographic background.
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