Orphan by Asha Lul Mohamad Yusuf
This week’s poem is '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.
Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf is a powerful woman poet in a literary tradition still largely dominated by men. She is a master of the major Somali poetic forms, including the prestigious gabay which presents compelling arguments with mesmerising feats of alliteration.
This week sees the publication of her first English Language collection published by Bloodaxe Books.
The collection's title The Sea-Migrations or, Tahriib in Somali, refers to the search for a better life in another country.