MPT podcast - Scorched Glass: Iranian Poetry at Poetry International 2015
Our latest podcast includes a rich selection of Iranian poetry from MPT 'Scorched Glass'. Readers include Hubert Moore, Nasrin Parvaz, Stephen Watts, Ziba Karbassi, Paul Batchelor, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit.
The recording was made at Poetry International 2015 at a special event celebrating Iranian poetry, organised in partnership with the British Council...
Stephanie Norgate: The challenges of working on versions of Ma Ei’s poems
The layout of the poems in Burmese show that Ma Ei works in very short lines, but more than that I could not tell. The literals supplied by Pandora were already moving and economical. There was also the issue of Burmese cultural references which might be opaque to Anglophone readers. I sent Pandora many cultural questions. Then I strove to...
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Song of Joy
Translating contemporary poetry from countries which have strong lyrical and folk traditions is extremely hard. Whilst the translator wishes to preserve the lyrical nature of the poem, the same structures and traditions are not open to her in English. Somehow a freer verse structure must be found, with the appearance, rather than the presence of the often s...
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