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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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Emigrant by Corsino Fortes

‘Emigrant’ was written by the poet Corsino Fortes from the Cape Verde Islands. It was translated into English by Daniel Hahn and Sean O’Brien. Listen to the poet and translators recite the different versions of this poem here.

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Illegal Immigrant by Reza Mohammadi

Listen to ,Illegal Immigrant, by Dari poet Reza Mohammadi translated by Nick Laird and Hamid Kabir and read about how Nick Laird found his way into his translations by listening to Reza read his poetry.

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Prayer by David Huerta

David Huerta’s love poetry captures the poignancy of moments that anchor our existence only briefly. In ‘Prayer’, he calls for the preservation of a moment ‘here now among us’. Listen to the recital of original and translated poems here.

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A Body by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is not a ‘political’ poet. He eschews the term. He is a lyric poet. His poetry gains a political charge simply because he writes affirming, joyful poetry that dictators find so troubling. Listen to the recital here.

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As the Past Approached by Mohan Rana

Listen to ‘As The Past Approached’ by Mohan Rana. Rana’s vivid and accessible poems probe profound philosophical questions through the everyday imagery of stars, birds and shirts.

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