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Title by Abdulla Pashew

18th April

Listen to the ironic poem ‘Title’ by the prominent Kurdish poet and writer, Abdulla Pashew. This poem was translated by Mahsn Majidy and The Poetry Translation Workshop.

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  • Escape!

    I hear a voice saying: escape
    And leave this English isle behind
    You belong to nothing except this ornate radio
    Except the coffee…

    Continue reading the English translation


    وأسمعُ صوتاً يقول لي: اهربْ
    واتركْ جزيرة الإنكليز وراءك
    لا شيء تنتمي إليه سوى هذا المذياع المقلَّد بإتقان
    سوى سخّان القهوة
    سوى أشجار الحديقة المخطَّطة على حرير السماء
    وأسمعُ الصوت بلغاتٍ أعرفها
    وأُخرى أجهلها:

    Continue reading in Arabic


    Written by

    Najwan Darwish

    Translated by

    The Poetry Translation Workshop

    Bridge translation by

    Atef Alshaer