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.
Listen to ‘He Tells Tails of Meroe’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi translated by Sarah Maguire & Rashid El Sheik, from his collection to responding to the Petrie Museum Collection.
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.