Evidence of a Season

to Seila


Alisa Velaj

            translated from Albanian by Arben P. Latifi





This sunny-haired little girl,

with plastic bags in her hands,

picking up yellow leaves

early in the morning,

to teach her teacher

what fall is


Amsterdam, August 2018









Alisa Velaj was born in 1982 in Albania.  She has been shortlisted for the Erbacce-Press Poetry Award in 2014.  Her poetry have been published or is forthcoming in The Curlew Journal, Stag Hill Literary Journal, The Quarterly Review, Orbis, The Linnet’s Wings, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Poetry Space Showcase, The Seventh Quarry, among other publications.  Her poetry collection, With No Sweat At All, will be published by Cervana Barva Press in 2019. 


Arben P. Latifi was born in in Kolonjë, Albania.  He is a graduate of the History-Philology College, State University of Tirana.  He did postgraduate studies in Diplomacy and International Trade.  His teaching career comprises a wide range of locations including Albania, USA, Oman and China.