poems of the month

orpheus in soho

a seriously sexy man


measuring my face

old clothes

modern iranian poems

my hero

face at the bottom of the world

perhaps (maybe)

the diogenes sequence

where to store furs

i am and am not:
      fragments of rumi

destiny and destination

the zen of no-enlightenment

the iraqi monologues

already backwards

a light in ruins

separate amputations

the sexy jihad

awaiting the barbarians

the smell of possibilities

ultimate leaves

rejoice in the dog

post-millennium maggot

the book of nothing

dispatches from the war against the world

albanian poems

french poems in honour of jean genet

the hells going on

the joy of suicide

book disease

foreground trouble

the transcendental hotel

cinema of the blind

lament of the earth mother

uranian poems

haikai by okami

haikai on the edge

black hole of your heart

jung's motel

wine and roses

confession from belgrade

gloss on rilke's
ninth duino elegy

jewels and shit:
poems by rimbaud

villon's dialogue with his heart

vasko popa:
a shepherd of wolves ?

the rubáiyát of omar khayyám

genrikh sapgir:
an ironic mystic




good riddance to mankind

the maxims of michel de montaigne

400 revolutionary maxims

nice men and
  suicide of an alien

anti-fairy tales

the most terrible event in history

the rich man and the leper




the three bears

three albanian tales

a little creation story



one not one

an occitanian baby-hatch

ancient violence
in the amazon

home sweet home no longerc

the ivory palace

helen's tower

extortion through e-bay

schopenhauer for muthafuckas

never a pygmy

against money

'original sin' followed by
crippled consciousness

a gay man's guide to soft-willy sex

the holosensual alternative

tiger wine

the death of poetry

the absinthe drinker

with mrs dalloway in ukraine

love  and  hell

running on emptiness

a holocaust near you

a note on the cathars


londons of the mind
& dealing death to the caspian


a muezzin from the tower of darkness

kegan and kagan

being or television

satan in the groin

womb of half-fogged mirrors

tourism and terrorism

the dog from sinope

in britain & america

this sorry scheme of things

the bektashi dervishes

a holy dog
& a dog-headed saint

fools for nothingness

death of a bestseller

vacuum of desire: a homo-erotic correspondence

a note on beards

translation and the oulipo

western values


the problems of translating poetry

an albanian ikon ?

albanian donkeys

the bektashi dervishes

poems by ujko BYK

albanian love-poems

albanian poems of dissidence

albanian poems of exile

recent albanian poems

albanian emigration

beyond the albanian experience


horatio morpurgo's albanian trip

albanian short stories

map of albania

the dictator's library


photo by Primrose Peacock
The central Albanian town of Elbasan after a downpour.




In 1999 Dissident Editions proposed to "Friends of Albania"
(Miqtë e Shqiperisë)
in England a modest project on behalf of the donkeys (gomerë) of Albania, a country where veterinarians and veterinary services are very few.

As a result of initial and anonymous funding by Dissident Editions, further cash was raised by the secretary and organiser of FoA, Miss Primrose Peacock. Veterinarians from England and Austria kindly offered their services at no cost, and, eventually, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) sponsored a Scottish veterinarian and offered literature in Albanian, tools and pharmaceuticals.

The very wealthy British charity, The Donkey Sanctuary, refused to help the project in any way.


Zyra Diaconia Agapes ne bashkepunim me organizaten angleze BESA: Miqte e Shqiperise organizon ne zonen e Shpatit Projektin 'GOMAR'.

Tre specialiste nga Anglia, Zelanda e Re dhe Austria do te trajtojne kafshet tuaja te punes (gomere, mushka, kuaj) per probleme te ndryshme qe kafshet mund te kene si probleme me thundrat, demtime nga samari probleme te gojes etj.

Jeni te mirepritur me
DATE 10 TETOR 2000
ORA 9.00 ne Gjinar.

Ju faleminderit!

Notice posted at Gjinar by Diakonia Agapés.

From the 9th to the 13th of October 2000, the veterinarians and their facilitators both Albanian and foreign worked and spoke in five villages around Elbasan in central Albania: Balëz, Gjimar, Gjergjan, Thane and Papër. They were ably assisted by veterinarian staff from Elbasan and Tiranë and by workers for Diakonia AgaphV (Diakonia Agapés: Service of Love) in Gjinar.

Much local interest was aroused, and many owners of donkeys (as well as horses and mules) turned up at the advertised places at the appointed times. They were obviously fond of their equines, and anxious that they have their teeth looked at and seen to, that they be inspected for parasites, and so on.

The following pictures were takern by the organizer,
© Primrose Peacock.

At Gjinar, 11.00 in the morning.

Austrian veterinarian, Edmund Hainisch at Gjinar.

A loving owner and a patient at Gjinar.

English veterinarian Neil Rudram at Balëz.

New Zealand veterinarian Ian Dacre examining teeth at Papër.

The river-bank near Papër




Albanian Ottoman Architecture >

Click on this image to go to an Albanian
archæological web-site.


albanian emigration

map of albania

wolf and donkey protect each other against human cruelty


A young Albanian man smokes a cigarette
as his younger wife carries hay alongside the main road near Elbasan,
February 24, 2003.

In rural Albania, as all over the world,
'tradition' dictates that women to do all the house chores
with men never helping, as this is seen to be a sign of weakness
if not 'effeminacy'. By walking thus alongside her
he flaunts his male superiority.
REUTERS/Arben Celi


a canadian-albanian film
about the
"sworn virgins" of northern albania






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