Edinburgh International Book Festival – The Divan Sessions: The West-Eastern Divan

14th August 2019, Garden Tent, Edinburgh International Book Festival Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan, the poet’s personal attempt to broaden European horizons by exploring the concept of the Other and creating a poetic dialogue between East and West, marks its 200th anniversary this year. Persian academic Narguess Farzad, poet Robin Robertson and Goethe… Read More

“Smoke” (Nick Laird)

Smoke, Nick Laird This poem is the English version by Nick Laird of an original poem in written in Persian for “A New Divan” by Reza Mohammadi, via a literal translation by Narguess Farzad and the author. The original poem was inspired by the book of Reflections in Johann Wolfgang… Read More

“Ephesus Ghazal” (Robin Robertson)

Ephesus Ghazal, Robin Robertson This poem is the English version by Robin Robertson of an original poem written for “A New Divan” by the German poet Jan Wagner, via a literal translation by Iain Galbraith. The original poem was inspired by the book of Paradise in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s… Read More

“Ephesus Ghazal” read in German by Jan Wagner

Ephesus Ghazal, Jan Wagner This poem is an original poem written for “A New Divan” by the German poet Jan Wagner, inspired by the book of Paradise in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “West-Eastern Divan” (published 1819). Read More