I know the language of the mirror -
its perplexities and mine
spring from one race
our roots can be traced
Can someone bring me my entire being?
My arms, my eyes, my face?
I can't understand you, curious self,
nor grasp how you're both life and death,
Geeri iyo nololeey!
What's going on
Wednesday 5th March 2014
Martin Orwin, Senior Lecturer in Somali and Amharic at SOAS, is finally back to lead another workshop on Somali poetry with us. With the help of Said Jama Hussein, we'll be looking at a poem by the young Somali poet, Weedhsame.
Wednesday 19th February 2014
Broadcaster and translator, Dawood Azami, joined us for a fascinating workshop in which we translated a powerful poem pleading for peace by leading Afghan poet, Darwesh Durrani, who writes in Pashto
Tuesday 4th February 2014
Despite foul weather and a tube strike, this was a wonderful evening of poetry from Afghanistan by Reza Mohammadi and Shakila Azizzada with music by the Yusuf Mahmoud Afghani Music Ensemble at Leighton House, one of London's most beautiful buildings.
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