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Spell for September by David Huerta

‘Spell for September’ by David Huerta from Mexico. The poem is read first in English translation by Jamie McKendrick and then in Spanish by David himself.

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3 Short poems by Bejan Matur

Three short poems by Kurdish-Turkish Poet Bejen Matur, translated by Canan Marasligil and UK poet Jen Hadfield. The poems are ‘Dead Sun’, ‘There is no Sun’ and ‘Truth’.

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Desolation by Partaw Naderi

‘Desolation’ by poet Partaw Naderi translated by Sarah Maguire & Yama Yari. “We say poems are part of our mother’s milk” Partaw says “and that all of our culture came through poetry.”

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But by Azita Ghahreman

‘But’ is by Farsi poet Azita Ghahreman. The English translation was prepared collaboratively by poet Maura Dooley and translator Elhum Shakerifar. Azita and Maura read the poem.

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Directions by Kajal Ahmad

This week’s poem is ‘Directions’ by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by the poet Choman Hardi.

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‘Taste’ by Asha Lul Mohamad Yusuf

This poem is called ‘Taste’ by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf from Somalia/Somaliland. The poem is read first in English translation by Clare Pollard and then in Somali by Asha.

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Ceremonial Robes by Bejan Matur

‘Ceremonial Robes’ by Kurdish-Turkish poet Bejan Matur, from her PTC chapbook ‘If This is a Lament’, translated by Jen Hadfield and Canan Marasligil.

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Schism by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

‘Schism’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi was inspired by a Bronze offering table in the Petrie Museum collection. The poem is read in English by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Saddiq himself.

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The Word by Reza Mohammadi

‘The Word’ by Reza Mohammadi from Afghanistan is first in English translation by Nick Laird and then in Dari by Reza Mohammadi. The poem was translated by Nick Laird & Hamid Kabir.

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This Prisoner Breathes by Noshi Gillani

This week’s podcast is ‘This Prisoner Breathes’ by Noshi Gillani from Pakistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Lavinia Greenlaw and then in Urdu by UK author Kamila Shamsie.

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