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Directions by Kajal Ahmad

This week’s poem is ‘Directions’ by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by the poet Choman Hardi.

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Birds by Kajal Ahmad

Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan writes poems with a fable-like quality of the poems. ‘Birds’ is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by Kajal Ahmad.

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Pregnancy by Kajal Ahmad

As Louise Glück says, women poets must have the courage not always to affirm life! This week’s poem is by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read in English and Kurdish.

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The Lonely Earth by Kajal Ahmad

Listen ‘The Lonely Earth’ by Kajal Ahmad, translated by Mimi Khalvati and Choman Hardi and read about the translators’ attempts to tame Kajal’s wild, weird and illogical metaphors.

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Back Again by Farzaneh Khojandi

‘Back Again’ was written by Tajik poet Farzaneh Khojandi. This poem was translated into English by Narguess Farzad and poet Jo Shapcott. Listen to the poet and translators recite the original and translated poems here.

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