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Mama Amazonica
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Mama Amazonica

“Mama Amazonica” is a collection of poems by Pascale Petit with a strange dual setting that segues between a psychiatric ward, where the narrator’s  mother is a patient, and  the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.   Sean Sheehan   To help with the writing of the poems, Pascale Petit made two trips […]

Life & death in the gulag
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Life & death in the gulag

Varlam Shalamov (1907-1982) was first arrested in Moscow at an underground printshop in 1929 and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. In 1937 he was arrested again for counterrevolutionary activities and sent to the Kolyma region in the Russian Far East.   Sean Sheehan   He spent the next fifteen years […]