Poem notes

Backlashing Baglash & Jaglash

By Daljit Nagra

‘Heer Ranjha’ is a classic Punjabi rural poem about doomed lovers. I’ve incorporated elements of this story along with the classic Persian poem ‘Layla and Majnun’ which is similarly about a doomed relationship. Both stories explore complex ideas about love, about community, and about spiritual ideals. Both stories have been rewritten by many writers over the past centuries. In my rendition, I explore the possibility of merging the two stories to create a fresh narrative. I have read several translations of each long poem to help me create my own unique translation. The excerpt published here is from an earlier part of my poem.

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