Five Afghan poems from the PTC archive, all of these poems are in English and Dari, the regional variation of Persian that has developed in that part of the world.
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Two poems by Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo, translated by Dave Haysom with A K Blakemore. Yu was seen as a voice of her generation after her work gained attention online.
Farzaneh Khojandi is widely regarded as the most exciting woman poet writing in Persian today, she was translated for the PTC by Narguess Farzad with Jo Shapcott.
Two poems by Mexican poet Coral Bracho, Of Their Eyes Adorned with Crystal Sands and Touches Its Depths and Is Stirred Up, translated by Tom Boll with Katherine Pierpoint.
Abdellatif Laâbi is widely acknowledged to be Morocco’s greatest living poet. Listen to the poet read his work in French with translations into English by André Naffis-Sahely.
Two Dari poems by Afghan poet Shakila Azizzada whose work brings together Persian and Western poetry traditions, translated by Zuzanna Olszewska with Mimi Khalvati.
Víctor Terán is the preeminent living poet of the Isthmus Zapotec. Listen to two of his poems translated by David Shook in 2010 when he was part of the PTC Mexican Poets tour.
Two poems ‘The Story of Flying’ and ‘The Story of The Poor’ by Georgian poet Salome Benidze, translated in 2018 by Natalia Bukia-Peters with the UK poet Helen Mort, and read by Salome and Helen.
Hindi poetry week: Listen to ‘In Your Own Words’ and ‘After Midnight’ read first in English translation by Bernard O’Donoghue and then in Hindi by Mohan himself.
Poems by Urdu poet Noshi Gillani & Kurdish poet Kajal Ahmad, with translations by Nukhbah Langah with Lavinia Greenlaw and Choman Hardi with Mimi Khalvati.
Two poets writing in Dari and Farsi who use narrative in their work one is a fairy tale complete with daemons and the other is a sketch of the life of an economic migrant.
This week we bring you poems reflecting both personal stories and national narratives, looking at lost friends, lost parents and exile by Salome Benidze & Azita Ghahreman.
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