Poetry by Shakila Azizzada

With thanks to Sarah Maguire director of The Poetry Translation Centre for facilitating my selection of poems by Shakila Azizzada.   The poems were translated by Mimi Khalvati and Zuzanna Olszewska for the Poetry Translation Centre Once Upon A Time   in memory of Leila Sarahat Roshani   Granny used to say always keep your…

Opening

Opening A black feather From her Black feather tree Sways down She has spread Her red and blacks out For carrion lovers Lace their moons with trawling nets Bird-pecked crabbed and sweet apple Windfalls Roll them into grass Bamboo worms a curve into flared ground Black feather sways down Through dream To this waking place…

Transverse threads, two women poets and Homer

The weft of  Margaret Atwood‘s The Penelopiad is contained in and revealed through the chorus-line voiced by the twelve maids who were hung by Telemachus on Odysseus’ orders after they returned. Margaret Atwood runs the chorus-line throughout her Penelopiad,  the maids sing their songs at ten intervals in the book. I was struck by a…