Burmese artist Mayco Naing discusses co-editing “Burma Spring: Poetry & Photography in Resistance.” The book features 14 poets and seven photographers from Burma, either in exile, imprisoned, or killed since the 2021 military coup. This episode contains Mayco Naing reciting a poem from a Rohingya poet in Burmese:
An Ox for a wad of paan
What does this air suffer from?
My lungs suffocate when I breathe.
Why does the sun look so desolate?
There is twilight without dawn.
How can I satiate hunger?
An ox swapped for a wad of paan.
Where can I hide my body?
Corpses, everywhere in every house.
How can I die in my land?
My kin have been buried alive.
How can I cross the border?
Rivers bleed human blood.
What happened to the Queen of Justice?
I search for her everywhere–
nowhere do I find her.
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