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You Understand by Saado Cabdi Amarre

This passionate antiwar Somali poem ‘You Understand’ is read first in English translation by PTC Artistic Director Sarah Maguire and then sung in Somali by Saado Cabdi Amarre herself.

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The North Wind Whips by Víctor Terán

Listen to ‘The North Wind Whips’ by Mexican poet Victor Terán, translated by David Shook. Read an extract from Tom Boll’s essay introducing the poet and his language, Isthmus Zapotec.

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After Midnight by Mohan Rana

‘After Midnight’ is by Mohan Rana from India. The poem was translated by Lucy Rosenstein and Bernard O’Donoghue. The poem is read in English by Bernard and then in Hindi by Mohan.

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Totality by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

Listen to ‘Totality’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from his collection ‘A Monkey At The Window’ The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.

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Marks of Time by Coral Bracho

‘Marks of Time’ from the by Mexican poet Coral Bracho is an autobiographical poems from the collection ‘La voluntad del ámbar’. Coral Bracho was translated Katherine Pierpoint and Tom Boll.

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Yalda by Shakila Azizzada

Yalda is an Iranian celebration of the longest night of the year on the winter solstice on the 21st of December. Yalda is a loanword imported into Persian from Syriac originally meaning birth.

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Drawing By poet Reza Mohammadi

This week’s poem is ‘Drawing’ by Reza Mohammadi from Afghanistan. In 2012 poet Nick Laird and Hamid Kabir translated several of Reza’s poems for the Persian Poets Tour. The poem is read first in English and then in Dari by Reza.

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The Bridal Veil by Shakila Azizzada

Listen to ‘The Bridal Veil’ by Shakila Azizzada, translated by Mimi Khalvati and Zuzanna Olszewska. Shakila Azizzada is a very musical poet, tender and intimate, but also uncompromising in her political poems.

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Taste by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

Listen to ‘Taste’ by Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and read how working on these translations made her poet translator Clare Pollard want to ’ tear up a lot of mainstream English poetry’s ‘rules’

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Death of a Princess by ‘Gaarriye’

Listen to ‘Death of a Princess’ by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’ from Somalia. Read, poet David Harsent’s reflections on translating Gaarriye for Poetry Translation Centre’s 2005 World Poet’s Tour.

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