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Haft Seen by Shakila Azizzada

This week, to celebrate Nowrus, our poem is ‘Haft Seen’ by Shakila Azizzada from Afghanistan. The poem is read first in English by Mimi Khalvati and then in Dari by Shakila Azizzada.

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Rain by Kajal Ahmad

Listen to ‘Rain’ by Kajal Ahmad translated by the poet Mimi Khavalti & poet-translator Choman Hardi. this poem has been read first by Mimi Khavalti in English and then Kajal Ahmad in Kurdish.

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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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A Feather by Shakila Azizzada

Huerta’s poems frequently turn on images that are experiences in themselves. In this eerie piece, he describes a poem by Gottfried Benn. Translated by Tom Boll and Katherine Pierpoint.

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Birds by Kajal Ahmad

Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan writes poems with a fable-like quality of the poems. ‘Birds’ is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by Kajal Ahmad.

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Pregnancy by Kajal Ahmad

As Louise Glück says, women poets must have the courage not always to affirm life! This week’s poem is by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read in English and Kurdish.

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The Lonely Earth by Kajal Ahmad

Listen ‘The Lonely Earth’ by Kajal Ahmad, translated by Mimi Khalvati and Choman Hardi and read about the translators’ attempts to tame Kajal’s wild, weird and illogical metaphors.

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Cat Lying in Wait by Shakila Azizzada

Listen to ‘Cat Lying in Wait’ by Shakila Azizzada from Afghanistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Dari by Shakila herself. #PoetryAndChill

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Yalda by Shakila Azizzada

Yalda is an Iranian celebration of the longest night of the year on the winter solstice on the 21st of December. Yalda is a loanword imported into Persian from Syriac originally meaning birth.

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