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The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best contemporary poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance.

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  • Once Upon a Time

    in memory of Leila Seerahat Roshani 

    Granny used to say
    always keep your magic sack
    tucked inside your ribcage.
    Don't say the sun's worn out,
    don't say it's gone astray.

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    بود، نبود

    ننه می گفت
    توبره را
    برصندوق سينه نگه دار 

    نگو آفتاب کهنه شده
    نگو بيگاه شد
    بگو باز می آيم 

    ديِو سپيد
    پشت و پناهت باشد

    دختر پگاه!
    سستی کار
    شايد از دست های توست
    که افسانه هم
    پای در ِگل مانده است 

    Continue reading in Dari

    Portrait of Shakila Azizzada

    Once Upon a Time

    Original poem by

    Shakila Azizzada

    Translated by

    Mimi Khalvati

    Bridge translation by

    Zuzanna Olszewska