Galata by Karin Karakaşlı

Listen to ‘Galata’ by Karin Karakaşlı, translated by Sarah Howe and Canan Marasligil, a poem about the poet’s love of a medieval stone tower in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Siesta by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

This week’s poem is ‘Siesta’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from Sudan. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Saddiq himself.

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Just Yesterday by Víctor Terán

This week’s poem is one of Victor Terán’s passionate love poems: ‘Just Yesterday’. The poem is read first in English by translator David Shook and then in Zapotec by Victor himself.

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From: Garrison Poems by Ali Abdollahi

From: Garrison Poems by Iranian poet Ali Abdollahi, Translated by Alireza Abiz & The Poetry Translation Workshop. A real example of the effectiveness of poetry that ‘shows rather than tells’.

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Our Land by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf‘s ‘Our land’ is a classic ‘pastoral’ poem, nostalgic for the beauty and harmony of the Somali countryside. Translated by Clare Pollard Asha Lul’s longtime collaborator.

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The Lost Button by Fatena Al-Gharra

Listen to the ‘The Lost Button’ by Fatena Al-Gharra, translated from the Arabic by Anna Murison and Sarah Maguire. Read in English by Sarah and in Arabic by the poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.

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The Mark by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

‘The Mark’ by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is addressed directly to the men ruling of Somalia / Somaliland, urging them to find peace, to bring clans together and to raise the country up.

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With a Red Flower by Azita Ghahreman

‘With a Red Flower’ by Azita Ghahreman from Iran. The poem is read first in translation by Maura Dooley and then in Farsi by Azita. Translated by Maura Dooley & Elhum Shakerifar.

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