Sunday, December 1, 2019



Ten Haiku

seconds fluttering
volatile chronology
migrant birds one way

craws spot derailed trains
wind in windowless stations
passengers long gone

late autumn sun bares
                      traces of rust on your thoughts                       
memories untouched

after the snow time
and after the cherry time
the time to ponder

deep blue alluring
glimpses of Ophelia
treacherous seaweeds

time is a mirror
it engraves fate on faces
leaves traces in mind

silence trapped in ice
the warmth of breath would break it
turn your head to shout

last year's beds slumber,
dream of the resplendency
of the next seedlings

hay flower fragrance
squeezed to embalm gone-by loves
teach me forgiveness!

sky in the ripples
seaweeds cast nets of yearning
lily nymphs long gone


Dr. APRILIA ZANK is a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory from Germany. She received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity, at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where she started her academic career as a lecturer. She is also a poet, a translator and the editor of two anthologies: the English–German anthology poetry tREnD Eine englisch-deutsche Anthologie zeitgenössischer Lyrik, LIT Verlag, Germany, 2010, and the anthology POETS IN PERSON at the Glassblower (Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, 2014). She writes verse in English and German, and was awarded a prize at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. BAREFOOT TO ARCADIA, her bilingual collection of poems translated in Telugu by the eminent Indian poet and translator Dr. L. S. R. Prasad. was launched in 2018 in Hyderabad, India, as a bilingual book. Her Beat poetry collection READING THE SIGNS was published in the USA in 2019. Aprilia has received wide recognition in both western and eastern countries for her merits and achievements. She is active in many literary and artistic groups, a frequent judge in poetry and photography competitions, and a member of the editorial boards of advisors of prestigious literary platforms such as Our Poetry Archive (OPA), Sahitya Anand Literary Journal and Athena, Journal on Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2018, she was awarded the title “Dr. Aprilia Zank – Germany Beat Poet Laureate – Lifetime”, by the National Beat Poetry Foundation (USA). Aprilia is also a passionate photographer: many of her images are prize winners and have been selected for poetry book covers.

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