For Black History Month, listen to two poems from the PTC Archive: ‘Taste’ by Asha Lul Mohamud Yusuf and ‘He Tells Tales of Meroe’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi,
All podcasts featuring Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
Our full-length podcasts can be downloaded individually from this website or you can subscribe to our weekly Poem Podcast via the iTunes store.
As part of the PTC Resistance Poets season looking at poets as political activists we bring you two poems by the Arabic poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from Sudan.
Listen to ‘Poem of the Nile’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi, read in English by the poet Mark Ford and in Arabic by the Saddiq himself, with a short introduction from Sarah Maguire, founder the PTC.
Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi captured the deep-seated antipathy of the late night bartender ‘Nursing a drink that bores him’ translated by Atef Alshaer and Sarah Maguire.
This week’s poem is ‘Siesta’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from Sudan. The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Saddiq himself.
‘Schism’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi was inspired by a Bronze offering table in the Petrie Museum collection. The poem is read in English by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Saddiq himself.
Listen to ‘Totality’ by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi from his collection ‘A Monkey At The Window’ The poem is read first in English translation by Sarah Maguire and then in Arabic by Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi.
Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is not a ‘political’ poet. He eschews the term. He is a lyric poet. His poetry gains a political charge simply because he writes affirming, joyful poetry that dictators find so troubling. Listen to the recital here.