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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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  • Night Demon

    At night, from the nearby street
    the stink of burning books
    presses in through the window,
    finds the pleats of Grandmother’s…

    Continue reading the English translation

    دیو شب

    شب از کوچه ای نزدیک 
    با بوی کتاب های سوخته 
    می آید و سر می گذارد بر شیشه اتاق
    به دست های مادربزرگ می پیچد 
    بر چین های دامن سیاهش 
    به گهواره کودک خیره می شود 
    با جیب های خالی از ماه و ستاره

    Continue reading in Farsi

    Portrait of Azita Ghahreman

    Night Demon

    written by

    Azita Ghahreman

    translated by

    Maura Dooley

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Remembering Sarah Maguire

13th November

Last November the poet, and founder of the Poetry Translation Centre, Sarah Maguire died. Her friend, the poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, wrote this obituary for her in the Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

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