Podcasts

The Scab by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

Listen to ‘The Scab’ by Somali poet Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, from her award-winning collection ‘The Sea-Migrations, Translated by UK poet Clare Pollard.

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Politics by Jaamac Kadiye Cilmi

This week’s Poem Podcast is from Somali poet Jaamac Kadiye Cilmi. The poem ‘Politics’ is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Somali by Jaamac himself.

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Our Land by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf‘s ‘Our land’ is a classic ‘pastoral’ poem, nostalgic for the beauty and harmony of the Somali countryside. Translated by Clare Pollard Asha Lul’s longtime collaborator.

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The Mark by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf

‘The Mark’ by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is addressed directly to the men ruling of Somalia / Somaliland, urging them to find peace, to bring clans together and to raise the country up.

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Orphan by Asha Lul Mohamad Yusuf

‘Orphan’ by Asha Lul Mohamad 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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‘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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Never Forget! by Saado Cabdi Amarre

Saado Cabdi Amarre is a poet whose emotional verse laments the senselessness of the successive civil wars that have affected Somaliland in the aftermath of its secession.

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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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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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