Featured poems

Portrait of David Huerta

Prayer

written by David Huerta
translated by Jamie McKendrick

Lord, save this moment.
There's nothing outlandish or

Plegaria

Señor, salva este momento.
Nada tiene de prodigio o milagro

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Portrait of Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

A Body

written by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
translated by Sarah Maguire

The body of a bird in your mouth
breathing songs.

جسد

جُثَّةُ طائرٍ بِفَمِكْ
تَبْعَثُ الأُغْنية.

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Portrait of Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

Orphan

written by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf
translated by Clare Pollard

Lately, I haven't attempted poems, or arresting public attention.
I've stopped articulating verses, advancing my words,

Agoon

Ararta gabayga waayadaan, eeg isma lahayne
Ma aloosin maansooyinkii, aan astayn jiraye

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Welcome

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.

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