Featured poems

Portrait of Reza Mohammadi


written by Reza Mohammadi
translated by Nick Laird

Two pairs of well-used leather shoes
belonging somehow together,


ما کفش هاي چرمي هم بوديم
وقتي کنار در همراه مي شويم

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Portrait of Coral Bracho

From This Light

written by Coral Bracho
translated by Katherine Pierpoint

That delicate flame –
eternity –

Desde Esta Luz

Desde esta luz en que incide, con delicada

audio We have a podcast related to From This Light

Portrait of Coral Bracho

In the Heart of Time

written by Coral Bracho
translated by Katherine Pierpoint

Time lets its subtle depths
half-open.  (Doors

En la entraña del tiempo

El tiempo cede
y entreabre



Welcome to The Poetry Translation Centre’s website. We’re a small organisation dedicated to translating contemporary poetry from Africa, Asia and Latin America. To date, we've translated 400 poems written in 27 different languages by 89 poets from 39 countries. On our website you'll find all these poems both in translation and in their original language, plus photos and videos of our events and information about what we do and how we translate.

What's going on

  • My Voice Anthology for sale from our website


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    Our fabulous tenth anniversary anthology is available to buy now from this website. For a limited time, we are offering free postage and delivery to UK addresses and reduced-price delivery to non-UK addresses.

  • We’re recruiting: Managing/Programme Director

    We are expanding our activity and reach from January 2015 and are seeking a senior leader to work with Founding/Artistic Director Sarah Maguire in the ongoing development and management of the company’s work.

  • We're recruiting: Administrator/Communications Manager

    This is an excellent opportunity for someone with strong administrative skills and an interest in social media and outreach to join a dynamic, innovative and highly successful literature organisation.