I am Somali
By Abdulqadir Hersi, translated by The Somali-English Poetry Collective
In these relentless days,
if you have been truly alive,
reflect on past times,
trace back the lines,
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Preview: The Singing of the Scythe
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Saturday September 13th
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We look forward to Autumn’s issue of Modern Poetry in Translation with readings by Amarjit Chandan and Jacques Réda and a discussion of music and song in poetry and in the folk tradition.
This issue is partly dedicated to the poetry and song of the First World...
Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War
Watch the full video of 'Brecht and Steffin: Love in a Time of Exile and War'.
The performance highlighted brand new translations of poems exchanged by Brecht and his lover, collaborator and friend, Margarete Steffin. Actors read the poems exchanged by Brecht and Steffin, accompanied by live music and readings of diaries, letters and prose. David Constantine and the Brecht translator and editor Tom Kuhn explore the relationship between the two writers in love, in exile and in parting. ...
A Note About the Whole Gilgamesh Thing and a Translation of Tablet VI
Gilgamesh concerns the exploits of the warrior king Gilgamesh. His name means ‘Our Ancestors were Heroes’ and he protected his people by killing monsters such as Humbaba. That is, he protected his people when he wasn’t raping or killing them: Gilgamesh has a claim to being the first tyrant, the first war criminal. Ishtar, goddess of love and war, was so impressed she tri...
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