Excerpts

Poetry by Aare Pilv

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2018
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  * in the clear winter night there’s one window still light, behind it a grown man curses his slow computer. that man is me...

Vahur Afanasjev
Serafima and Bogdan

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2018
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  Excerpt from the chapter “Deportation”   The widow Glafira’s sauna has been heated. Sitting in the cramped dressing roo...

Rein Raud
Bell and Hammer

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2018
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  Undivere Manor, North-Central Estonia. 1979.   Arno was left alone in the lounge of the sauna house. I suppose I should...

Poetry by Eeva Park

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2018
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* It wasn't I who made you this way said Darwin, the divine intuitive care of genetics opted to give you light hair and a dark l...

Maarja Kangro
The Glass Child

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2017
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, ~3:00 PM   My throat hurt and felt swollen. At first, I thought I’d caught a cold from the open wi...

Poetry by Vladislav Koržets

Translated by Adam Cullen
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Cycle The night before last Wednesday, my pup died of infection, and was laid to rest out back until the resurrection. He won’t be poki...

Silvia Urgas
It´s just about late enough

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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it’s just about late enough that the clock hands show you’re-a dope-for-caring- but-time-for-us-to-have-one-more-drink-now and some guy i...

Mihkel Mutt
The Estonian Circumciser

Translated and commented by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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With Mihkel Mutt’s (1953) first novel since his hefty work The Cavemen Chronicle (2012), the unparalleled master of Estonian irony has emerg...

Eda Ahi
Dance lessons with gravity

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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they dance with you, gravity, everyone. but only the brave know the steps they should take. you’ve got that cruel but equalizing trait: b...

Kelly Turk
Where do little fat girls go?

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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where do little fat girls go when insulted beneath clotheslines behind a house to practice to practice a speech for getting back at ...

Indrek Koff
Stories of a Hundred Nations

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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A fairy tale about warm light. A fairy tale about the hundred faces of loneliness. A reflective fairy tale about your life. A fairy tale ...

Paavo Matsin
The Gogol Disco

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 1/2017
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Cutlets for Gogol Katerina had been crying over Grigory’s disappearance the entire day, alone downstairs. She finally pulled herself togeth...

Poetry by Veronika Kivisilla

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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Too nice a drunk locking up my bike in front of the store a babbling drunk approached me I wanted to withdraw but he said listen you...

Two Captains – Excerpt fromWe All Fall Down

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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1960 They meet up at Tiina’s house after school. Tiina puts her bag in her room and follows Vova, because he wants to show her his turtle...

Prophecy by Jüri Kolk

Translated by Adam Cullen
ELM 2/2016
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An oracle proclaimed to a Theban king that he would live a long and happy life — not one younger kinsman would slay him. We would never h...

Poetry by Juhan Viiding

Translated by Miriam McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov
ELM 1/2016
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SIMPLE POEM happiness once came into the yard and the yard was ever so happy then happiness came into the room and the room was ever so ...