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Poem Podcasts from the Poetry Translation Centre

Written by Claire Speer, 3rd November 2010

The Poetry Translation Centre has launched a new series of weekly Poem Podcasts on iTunes. Starting this week, every Monday listeners will be introduced to a dazzling new poem by some of the world’s best loved poets. Each Poem Podcast is read in two languages: in a superb English translation followed by the poem in its original language.
Poets in the series include the immensely popular Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, who is famous in his native Sudan for his imaginative approach to poetry and the emotional frankness of his lyrics. Farzaneh Khojandi, Tajikistan’s foremost living writer, whose poetry draws on the rich tradition of Persian literature in a subversive and humorous way. And Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac ‘Gaarriye’, a superstar in the poetry-obsessed Somali community.
Each of the international poets has been co-translated by one of the foremost poets writing in English today. Commonwealth and Forward Prize winner Jo Shapcott, TS Eliot and Forward Prize winner Sean O’Brien, Forward Prize winner Jamie McKendrick, Cholmondeley Award winner Mimi Khalvati and Whitbread winner Bernard O’Donoghue are among the list of distinguished poets who have worked with the PTC to make these exciting international poets available in English.
The Poem Podcasts are available for free on iTunes:

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