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Love is International: Three Stories and a Poem

Posted on January 30, 2019

"Afternoon Kiss"
Young couple in Guanajuato, Mexico. By Bud Ellison, 2015.

With Valentine's Day approaching, we've assembled four of our favorite short, love-themed literary works:

  • Where Have All the Sundays Gone? a first love remembered, by the "J-pop singer turned writer" Mieko Kawakami; 
  • Hello? a short mediation on love, inspired by an overheard cell phone conversation on a Russian city bus. The Playlist tab features music videos of public-transportation-based songs (a surprisingly large sub-genre);  
  • Poem to the Tune 'Pure Peace,' a Tang-Dynasty era love poem, originally set to music;
  • The Gringo Champion: a tale of migration and young love, set on the U.S.-Mexico border (includes violence and profanity.)  

You'll find multimedia contextual resources and teaching ideas in the tabs beside the literature.

For more love stories, browse or search the site! 

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