In the shadow of the climate emergency poems about the natural world take on a new significance, poems by Bejan Matur, Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and Yu Yoyo.
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‘Gaarriye’ is regarded as one of the most important Somali poets of the twentieth century. Listen to this poem translated by W N Herbert and Maxamed ‘Alto’ Xasan.
Listen to ‘A Shout’ by leading Somali poet Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, translated by Said Jama Hussein, Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’ and the UK poet Clare Pollard.
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.
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.
‘The Killing Of The She - Camel’ by Maxamed Ibraahin Warsame ‘Hadraawi’ from Somalia/Somaliland, read in English by WN Herbert and in Somali by Hadraawi.
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.
‘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.
Beloved by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is a passionate love poem! It is a jiifto, one of the many Metric forms of Somali poetry made up of short lines.
‘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 herself.
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.
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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