Thu, 27 December 2018
This week's poem is by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf. The poem is read first in English translation by Clare Pollard and then in Somali by Asha herself.
We are celebrating the launch of the anthology, So At One With You, an anthology of modern poetry in Somali produced in collaboration with Kayd Somali Arts & Culture and Poetry Translation Centre. Asha's poems can be found within this.
Thu, 20 December 2018
A chilly poem: ‘Snow’ by the wonderful Iranian poet, Azita Ghahreman, who now lives in exile in snowy Sweden.
The seemingly endless snow is a metaphor for the hopelessness the poet feels – she and her lover are lost in its vastness. Only ‘a single stray earring’ can be seen – ‘not a tree, not a rabbit, not a star’.
You can buy the book 'Negative of A Group Photo' from the PTC online: petrytranslation.org/shop.
Thu, 13 December 2018
Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf‘s poem 'The Sca'b is a passionate critique of the caste system, a 'belief in the noble gob and the lower caste gun.'
Asha’s Friend and longtime translator Clare Pollard will read the English translation. Then you will hear Asha read in the original Somali
Last year Asha Lul's collection The Sea-Migrations was named the Poetry Book of the Year by The Sunday Times.
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Thu, 6 December 2018
Diana Anphimiadi is a poet, publicist, linguist and teacher. Jean Sprackland was the poem's poet-translator. This is a synesthetic poem, where the senses are confused, it reaches for a language beyond words, perhaps a language between two lovers.
The poet-translator Jean Sprackland noted that in Georgian the word for 'Braille' is close to the word for 'Fault' but this was a suggested meaning that was impossible to pull across in her translation.
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This December you can get a gift set of both of our Georgian Chapbooks for the sale price of £10.