Friday 13.7 at 6pm.: ‘Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets’ edited and translated by ko ko thett and James Byrne

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are heartily invited to the launch of “Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (ARC, UK 2012) “, edited and translated by ko ko thett and James Byrne, on Friday 13.7 at 6pm at Old Arkadia (Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 9A).

The book will be presented and discussed, Mika Malinen and ko ko thett will read some of the poems.

Bones will Crow is the winner of English PEN’s Writers in Translation Programme Awards 2012

Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets is the first bilingual anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. The poems include global references from a culture in which foreign books and the internet are regarded with suspicion and where censorship is an industry. The poets have been ingenious in their use of metaphor to escape surveillance and censorship, writing post-modern, avant-garde, performance and online poetries. The anthology reveals the transition of traditional to modernist poetry, the development of Burmese poetry over the second half of the 20th century, as Burma has changed. Through their wildly diverse styles, these poems delight in the freedom to experiment with poetic tradition.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be very welcome.

ko ko thett is a Burmese poet, critic and literary translator. After a long residence in Helsinki, he now lives in Vienna.

James Byrne is the Editor and co-founder of

The Wolf poetry magazine, has authored two poetry collections, and edited three poetry anthologies. He lives in Cambridge. Mika Malinen is a peace activist, who has worked in Palestine.