The Prison Cell: poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

It is possible…It is possible at least sometimes…It is possible especially nowTo ride a horseInside a prison cellAnd run away… It is possible for prison wallsTo disappear,For the…

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Death by Stoning: Poem by Ziba Karbassi

Sunday, September 13, 2020

translated by Stephen Watts and Ziba Karbassi little morning starare you here withyour star-gaze gone?little wrenare you staying in the busheswhen you go to the skies?little silver coinare…

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Poems by Forugh Farrokhzad – II

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I will greet the sun again I will greet the sun again,greet the stream that once flowed in me,the clouds that were my unfurling thoughts,the aching growth of…

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The Way To The Orchard: Poem by Sohrab Sepehri

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Keep calling me! Sweet is your voice. It is the green Growing beyond the companionship of sorrow. In the scopes of this silent era I am lonelier than…

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Two poems by Rabindranath Tagore

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Waiting The song I came to singremains unsung to this day.I have spent my days in stringingand in unstringing my instrument. The time has not come true,the words…

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Poem by Ziba Karbassi منظومه ی ویرانی

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

آن سوتر جوانی با چهره استخوانی و ته ريش با پيرهنی جر خورده بر سه پايه ای كنار حوض شكسته سِنج ميزند سَنج دمای پريده از شيشه لب…

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Poems of resistance: Pablo Neruda

Friday, May 1, 2020

“I’m Explaining A Few Things,” “and ever since then fire, gunpowder ever since, and ever since then blood Bandits with airplanes and with Moors, bandits with finger-rings and…

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Two poems by Ahmad Shamlu

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Translated from Farsi by Sheida Dayani Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000) The Secret A secret was with me; I told the mountain. A secret was with me; I told the…

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A Moon-Lit Night: a poem by Ahmad Shamlu

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Translated by Sheida Dayani On a Moon-Lit Night On a moon-lit night Moon is in my dream It takes me with it Alley to alley, Into the vineyards…

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Four poems by Kajal Ahmad, translated from the Kurdish

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Were I a Martyr Trans. Darya Ali andAlana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse I want no flowers, no epoch of union, no dawn of disunion. I want no flowers for I…

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Two poems from prison: Nazim Hekmat

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Letters From A Man In Solitary 1 I carved your name on my watchband with my fingernail. Where I am, you know, I don’t have a pearl-handled jackknife…

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Bedbugs, a poem by Eliza Griswold

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Photo: Antonin Kratochvil

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Narcissus Flower: a poem by Majid Nafisi

Monday, December 2, 2019

My beloved Has a Narcissus flower in mouth,Her souvenir From the prisons of Iran. I know that nightly From behind bars One can see the trace of flowers…

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Revolution: a poem by Ziba Karbasi

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The people’s hand was wounded The people’s foot The people’s back was wounded So their sky would rain stars. When their sky rained stars The people’s body was…

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‘I sort of broke English’: Meet the Lebanese poet crossing boundaries

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Nashwa Gowanlock Zeina Hashem Beck sits in her living room in Dubai, wrapping vine leaves, wara’ ‘enab, over a stuffing of minced meat and rice, which she will…

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Three poems from Kurdistan

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zêdan Xelef, translated by David Shook and Bryar Bajalan Non-Broadcast News Today a fire broke out in two tents The families shouted, the children cried and ran bare-assed…

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On Iraqi Playwright Yusuf al-Ani

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Celebrated Iraqi playwright and actor Yusuf al-Ani (1927-2016) is at the center of the latest issue of the Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World, which has…

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What has become of my country: Said Soltanpour, poet of revolution

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Said Soltanpour, poet, playwright and director changed the pace of the revolution that toppled the Shah. It was mid October 1977. Already the voices of protest against the…

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Kurdish poems in English by Cigerxwin (Sheikmous Hasan)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Cigerxwin (“The bleeding heart”), is a pseudonym for Sheikmous Hasan. He came from north Kurdistan and was mainly known as a poet. He made a great impact on…

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A Shelter (سقف): a song by Iraj Jannati Ataei

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saghf (Persian: سقف)(Literary: Roof) is one of the most beautiful Iranian songs. It was first performed by Farhad Mehrad in the 1970s. The lyrics are composed by  Iraj…

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A Lover From Palestine – Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Friday, July 26, 2019

Your eyes are a thorn in my heart Inflicting pain, yet I cherish that thorn And shield it from the wind. I sheathe it in my flesh, I…

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The Learner (der Lernende): Poem by Brecht

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

First I built on sand, then I built on rock. When the rock caved inI no longer built on anything.Then I often built again On sand and rock,…

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Suitcases & Theater: Two poems

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Solmaz Sharif. Suitcases Suitcases of dried limes, dried figs, pomegranate paste, parsley laid in the sun, burnt honey, sugar cubes hardened on a baking sheet. Suitcases of practical…

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Making Peace: A poem by Denise Levertov

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A voice from the dark called out,              ‘The poets must give us imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar imagination of…

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Four Poems of Palestinian Resistance by Mahmoud Darwish

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ariel Rodriguez. Sometimes, the best way to understand the complexity of a conflict is through art. Words can echo in people’s hearts as much as images can inspire…

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Three poems by Forugh Farrokhzad, a woman alone

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

English Translations of selected Poems and Poetry of the great Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد Forugh, one of the most famous Persian Women poets died in a…

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Adonis, The Man Who Remade Arabic Poetry

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Robyn Creswell. In March, 2011, when civil protests broke out in cities and towns across Syria, the country’s most famous poet, Adonis—who is in his eighties and has…

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Vartan: a poem of resistance by Ahmad Shamlou

Friday, April 12, 2019

“Vartan didn’t Say a Word” is a political poem by Ahmad Shamlou that underwent censorship because of being addressed to a political prisoner who was tortured to death…

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Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. “(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.”…

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Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

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