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Title: Various poems
Date of publication: 2015
Description/subject: This issue contains 12 poems in English translation by the Burmese poets Ma Ei, Nge Nge (Kyaukse), Moon Thu Eain, and Nyo Pyar Wine. Translations by Stephanie Norgate, Olivia McCannon, Kim Moore, and Carola Luther.
Author/creator: Ma Ei, Nge Nge (Kyaukse), Moon Thu Eain, Nyo Pyar Wine
Language: English
Source/publisher: Modern Poetry in Translation, issue no.2, 2015
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.mptmagazine.com
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: Zeyar Lynn reading his poems on Close Listening
Date of publication: 08 October 2013
Description/subject: "Zeyar Lynn's second show on Close Listening, in which he reads his poems, in both Burmese and English, from Bones Will Crow, ed. James Byrne and ko ko thett (Northern Illinois University Press, 2013) -- the new anthology of Burmese poetry. He also discusses his work, the situation for poetry in Myanmar, and his influences with host Charles Bernstein. Zeyar Lynn reads "My History Is Not Mine" (first in Burmese then in English), "The Way of the Beards" (English/Burmese), "Slide Show" (English/Burmese) and "Sling Bag" (English/Burmese)."
Author/creator: Charles Bernstein
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jacket2
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://jacket2.org
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: Bones Will Crow: Burmese poets Zeyar Lynn & Khin Aung Aye on Close Listening
Date of publication: 07 May 2013
Description/subject: Materials on Bones Will Crow anthology, including printed extracts and audio recordings of Zeyar Lynn reading his poems and of Zeyar Lynn, Khin Aung Aye and James Byrne in conversation with Charles Bernstein. ["Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets, edited by ko ko thett and James Byrne and just out from North Illinois University Press, is a game-changing anthology and one of the best anthologies I have seen in years. Much credit goes to the translators, who have created works in English that are precisely and wittily connected to contemporary innovative poetics in English..."]
Author/creator: Charles Bernstein
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jacket2
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://jacket2.org
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: Urban poems from Burma
Date of publication: 17 September 2012
Description/subject: Four poems by Ko Ko Thett: "urban renewal"; "the boomtown"; "chaos clock"; "phantasmagoria".
Author/creator: Ko Ko Thett
Language: English
Source/publisher: Warscapes
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://warscapes.com
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: The Wound
Date of publication: 02 May 2012
Description/subject: This poem was written right after Burma granted national amnesty to political prisoners on January 13, 2012. Khet Mar explains, "Many of my friends who got very long sentences, 65 years each, were released in this amnesty. My poem expresses my guilt about being far away when they had returned home." Translated by Ko Ko Thett.
Author/creator: Khet Mar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Warscapes
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://warscapes.com
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: Excerpts from Bones Will Crow
Date of publication: 01 January 2012
Description/subject: Poetry blog containing three posts with excerpts from Bones Will Crow. A Sun-ripened Song (Maung Chaw Nwe), My Island (Ma Ei), Desert Years (Tin Moe), Rose, 1985 (Moe Zaw), the heat bearer (Maung Thein Zaw), Sling Bag (Zeyar Lynn), The Sniper (Pandora), The Day (Before That Day) (Eaindra) and the burden of being bama (ko ko thett).
Author/creator: James Byrne, Ko Ko Thett et al.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Bones will Crow" via Peony Moon
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://peonymoon.wordpress.com
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Title: Various Burmese Poets
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: from "Bones will Crow" - English and Burmese texts, with notes on the poets: 2010 the curvaceousness of burmese poetry, poetics and an unknown - Khin Aung Aye (co-translated by ko ko thett and James Byrne)...Mr. Charley, I Have Picked You - Maung Chaw Nwe (co-translated by ko ko thett and James Byrne) ...Lullaby for a Night - Eaindra (translated by ko ko thett)...An Evening With a City Girl - Pandora (translated from the Burmese by ko ko thett and James Byrne)...
Author/creator: Khin Aung Aye, Maung Chaw Nwe, Eaindra, Pandora
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: "Bones will Crow" via Asymptote
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.asymptotejournal.com/poetry/various-burmese-poets-bones-will-crow/burmese/
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: BURMA (MYANMAR) - Poetry
Description/subject: Short biographies, poems, articles of 16 Burmese poets. Poets and Poems: Aung Cheimt (1948-), I've come to shoot geese, see a lady and tell lies about myself; Aung Cheimt goes to the cinema; Flashback Journal. Maung Day (1979-), A submission to the National Day special edition; Ghost story. Eaindra (1973-), Blues from a bull; Cashier; Milled timber. Ma Ei (1948-), A catastrophic rune; No fish today, mother. Han Lynn (1986-), Deck chair; Elevator; The bird watcher; When I perfume myself; Helicopter. Maung Chaw Nwe (1949–2002), Harbour; Champion, but a champion; The seal catcher. Maung Pyiyt Min (1953-), A bunch of 52 keys. Maung Yu Py (1981-), Yangon 2010; A UFO sighting yesterday at the edge of town. Mya Kabyar (1974-), Chin; Greater coucals; To the snowy mountain range. Pandora (1974-), The venomous; Chitchat between Hitler and Che Guevara at a beer garden; Barbarian village. ko ko thett (1972-), A few ways to eat a city raw; Chaos clock; Blindfolded Brahmins; A walk with history; Monosodium glutamate. Thi Mar Win (1982-), Summer poem; Moonlit night - 5; Moonlit night - 9. Tin Moe (1933–2007), Old guest; Shakespeare and U Punnya; When blood boils; Awake from a homesick dream; A caged chicken; With a lantern of hope. Wawn Awng (1942-), Pupa; Stray and tattered dogs; Sleepless night. Mae Yway (1991-) Such & such are the window displays of the city; Postponement; She who is going to add 1 to 20. Zeyar Lynn (1959-) A faith worthy of 45 million; Chronicle of kings; Big sister Lisa, have you been to Laiza?
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Poetry International, Rotterdam
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: Burmese Poetry Foundation
Description/subject: Website of the Burmese Poetry Foundation with poems in Burmese.
Language: Burmese
Source/publisher: Burmese Poetry Foundation
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016


Individual Documents

Title: The Burden of Being Burmese (extract)
Date of publication: 2015
Description/subject: To the navel of the earth
Author/creator: Ko Ko Thett
Language: English
Source/publisher: MCCM Creations
Format/size: pdf (1.6MB)
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2016


Title: Karen Resistance Poetry
Date of publication: May 2014
Description/subject: Translated and introduced by Violet Cho. "Tee Noe was born as M. No Noe in a village called Thavorta, Karen State, Myanmar (Burma) in 1952. After completing year 10 at a state high school in 1974, he worked as a junior clerk at a local government office in Karen State, eastern Myanmar. Later he joined the rebellion as a soldier for the Karen National Liberation Army and as a schoolteacher in Burmese refugee camps along Thai-Burma border. With no formal knowledge of the mechanics of poetry, Tee Noe has become a leading voice of the Karen diaspora. From a young age, Tee Noe was drawn to poetry. He remembers singing a short hta (Karen oral poem) to thank his cousin who gave him a woollen hat as a present when he turned six: ‘To school I run when the bell rings, with a woollen hat today I went'..."
Author/creator: Tee Noe (trans. Violet Cho)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Transnational Literature, Vol.6 No.4
Format/size: pdf (55K)
Date of entry/update: 17 May 2016


Title: CASHIER
Date of publication: 23 June 2013
Description/subject: "The poem is titled in English. An earlier Burmese version of the poem appeared in The Padauk Bloom Magazine, January 2012, Myanmar. Image by Htein Lin
Author/creator: Eaindra, translated by ko ko thett
Language: English
Format/size: pdf -250K; Word-50K
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs22/Eaindra_Cashier_2013.docx
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2016


Title: TO A WOMAN POET
Date of publication: 2013
Description/subject: "Zeyar Lynn lives in Rangoon. He is a poet and critic, writer, translator and language instructor. For more than two decades he has fostered a wider appreciation of postmodern and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry forms into Burmese. His own collections include Distinguishing features (2006), Real/life: prose poems (2009) and Kilimanjaro (2010). He has also translated into Burmese various Western poets such as Sylvia Plath, Wisława Szymborska and John Ashbery, as well as a number of volumes on poetics."
Author/creator: Zeyar Lynn, translated by ko ko thett
Language: English
Format/size: pdf (265K; Word-14K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs22/Zeyar_Lynn-2013-To_a_Woman_Poet-en.docx
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2016


Title: Two Poems
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: ghost book...gun and cheese
Author/creator: Khin Aung Aye, (trans.Maung Tha Noe, ko ko thett)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Manoa, Volume 24, Number 2, 2012
Format/size: pdf (205K)
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2016


Title: Two Poems
Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: untitled 2 (1997)...untitled 3 (undated)
Author/creator: Thitsar Ni (trans. ko ko thett and James Byrne)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Manoa, Volume 24, Number 2, 2012
Format/size: pdf (250K)
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2016


Title: The Ways Of The Beards
Date of publication: 2011
Author/creator: Zeyar Lynn, Translated by ko ko thett
Language: English
Source/publisher: Bones Will Crow: A Selection Of Contemporary Burmese Poetry
Format/size: pdf (44K)
Date of entry/update: 28 April 2016


Title: Nyein Way ၿငိမ္းေ၀
Date of publication: January 2008
Description/subject: Poems... ကဗ်ာ
Author/creator: Nyein Way
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 22 July 2012


Title: The 'Great Guest' of Burmese Literature
Date of publication: April 2007
Description/subject: Burma's best-loved poet Tin Moe passed away in California. Until his last breath, poetry was his love and life... "Tin Moe served five years in prison for daring to write about Burma's democracy movement's ruling military dictatorship.
Author/creator: Khin Maung Sok
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy" Vol. 15, No. 4
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 04 May 2008


Title: U MOE HEIN - Poetry and essays
Date of publication: 2006
Description/subject: Three linked poems and essays: “My Sole Wish”, “A Mission”, “The Pen”.
Author/creator: U Moe Hein
Language: English
Source/publisher: U Moe Hein
Format/size: pdf (51K)
Date of entry/update: 30 April 2016


Title: Interview & Poetry of U Tin Moe
Date of publication: December 2000
Description/subject: "One of the country's leading writers and a Poet Laureate of Burma, U Tin Moe has published over 30 books. Born in 1933, he began writing poetry and essays in 1959 and has won numerous literary awards throughout his career. U Tin Moe became involved in the pro-democracy movement during 1988. As a result, he was imprisoned in Insein jail from 1991 until February of 1995. All his published works are banned in Burma. U Tin Moe left the country in April of 1999 and currently lives abroad. The following interview was aired on Radio Free Asia (RFA) in September 2000, and conducted by RFA correspondent Dr. Kyi May Kaung. The interview and poetry were translated for Burma Debate by Dr. Kaung. It appears here with the permission of RFA."
Author/creator: U Tin Moe, Dr. Kyi May Kaung
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Burma Debate" VOL. VII, NO. 4 WINTER 2000
Format/size: pdf (287K)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Flowering
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization.....Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry - 20th century..... Key Words: poem
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp46, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization, via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (33K-reduced version; 245K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0007.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2014


Title: Padauk
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Poem on the Paduak flower...Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry-20th century
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp42, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (37K-reduced version; 280K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0005.pdf
Date of entry/update: 30 November 2014


Title: The Wave
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: Subject Terms: 1. Myanmar Poetry - 20th century
Author/creator: Zawgyi
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (Metadata: English and Burmese)
Source/publisher: "Collected Works of Saya Zawgyi", Vol.1, pp43, 1993, Union of Myanmar Literary and Journalist Organization via University of Washington
Format/size: pdf (24K-reduced version; 229K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/myanmar/pdfs/ZG0006.pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


Title: Burmese classical poems
Date of publication: 1966
Description/subject: CONTENTS: Short Pipe - Mae Khwe... Lu-ga-lay - Author unknown... Mountains and Forests - Author unknown... The Month of Tabaung - Author unknown... The Golden-Yellow Padauk - U Kyaw... Carved Bullock-Cart - U Ya Kyaw... Song of the Forest - Princess Hlaing-Teik-Kaung-Tin... Sea Snails - U Kyin U... The Royal Kason - U Kyaw... Jasmine - U Ponnya... Deliverance Cannot Be Far Distant - Shin Maharattathara... Military March - U Kyin U... Forest Flowers - U Kyaw... Dearly Loved Son - Author unknown... Rain - Myavadiwungyi U Sa Take to Heart (A Father's Admonition to Son) - Sahton Sayadaw Mya Man Setkya - U Ponnya... Present of a Cheroot - Mae Khwe... A Peasant - Wungyi Padethayaza... Paddy Planting Song - Author unknown... I Am Longing - Princess Hlaing Teik-Kaung-Tin... Love in Secret Encountered - Maung Thwa... I Would Smile - U Kyi... Noble Wisdom - Chaturinga Bala and Nemyo Min Tin Kyaw Khaung... Donations (Dana) - Shin Tezothara... Remorse - U Khaing... Painful As It Is - U Kyaw Thamee No Cooling of Anguish - U Kyaw Thamee... The Nature of Things (Release from Anger) - Anantasuriya.
Author/creator: Lustig, Friedrich V. - editor and translator
Language: English, Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Rangoon Gazette Limited VIA
Format/size: pdf (3.6MB-original; 1.5MB-reduced version)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2016


Title: Poems and Essays by Maung Swan Yi
Date of publication: 03 August 1962
Description/subject: Fly On O Crane! [Poem, 1962]...“’CHEWING THE WEST’: The Development of Modern Burmese Literature Under the Influence of Western Literature ["Burmese written literature began about a thousand years ago in the eleventh century. Like other Asian countries the influence of Buddhism was very great on Burmese literature. In fact Burmese literature, which grew on the basis of Buddhism, was semi-religious. Even in this age some elderly people are asking us: “How could your stories be better than Jatakatales?” When novels and popular dramas appeared in printed book form, young people liked and read these new things with interest, giving the excuse that there were some lessons in accord with Buddhism. But the old people did not want to allow young people to read the new books which we called “Bo-oks” saying that those things were “mere idle talks” which raised “ta-nha”, (Pali, which means “Lust”). They thought it was immoral to read those new books...", 2002]...Writing and Politics ["What is politics? Dictionaries usually define it as “study of government” or “the activities of a government.” What, then, is “government?” Again, the dictionary says, “It’s a group of people who govern or rule a country or a state.” In Burmese, politics is referred to as, “Naingngan ye” which means “affairs of state.” So I want to define politics like this, “Politics is nothing but the affairs of a state,” or, “study of people under a government.”", no date].
Author/creator: Maung Swan Yi (U Win Pe)
Language: English
Source/publisher: University of Iowa, International Writing Program
Format/size: pdf (158K)
Date of entry/update: 08 May 2016


Title: THE MANDALAY GAZETTE 1885; and I TOLD YOU THERE’S A FIRE
Description/subject: Note: Poems translated from the Burmese by the author
Author/creator: ko ko thett
Language: English
Format/size: pdf-344K; Word -50K
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs22/Ko-Ko-Thett_Two-Poems_The-Mandalay-Gazette-1885_I-Told-You-There...
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2016