Orphan by Asha Lul Mohamad Yusuf

Featuring: Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf, Maxamed Xasan ‘Alto’

Translated by Clare Pollard and Maxamed Xasan 'Alto'.

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.

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