The Persian and The Poet
22… Raising the flag of kindness

22… Raising the flag of kindness

October 2, 2021

Poem 1: 'Colonisation' by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar.

Music: 'On The Fly' by M. Carney.

 

Poem 2: 'Ghazal 164' by Hafez.

Music: 'Dastgahe Homayun, Pt. 3.' from the album ‘Iran – Masters of Traditional Music, Vol. 1. (Persian Music)’.

 

Additional music: 'A Warm Welcome' by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

 

Production and editing by Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com 

Graphic design by Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com 

 

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21… Whispering to myself this poem

21… Whispering to myself this poem

September 16, 2021

Cam memorialising in a poem the very first time he heard a poem spoken in Persian back in late 2019 ... it was shared by a fascinating, arty woman he'd just met ... she goes by the name of Ramak!

Poem 1 – FARSI – 'Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season’ by Forough Farrokhzad. Music : 'Clouds' by Rod Gear from the album 'The Wood That Sings'  www.rodgearmusic.com

Poem 2 – ENGLISH – 'The Spring and The Forest'  by Cameron Semmens. Music : ‘Love her and she will watch over you’ by Luke Pittman.

Poem 3 – ENGLISH – 'Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season’ by Forough Farrokhzad translated by Michael Hillmann. Music : 'Clouds' by Rod Gear from the album 'The Wood That Sings' www.rodgearmusic.com

Poem 4 – FARSI – 'The Spring and The Forest'  by Cameron Semmens, translated by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘Love her and she will watch over you’ by Luke Pittman.  

Additional music: 'A Warm Welcome' by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com 'Dastgahe Homayun, Pt 2' from the album ‘Iran – Masters of Traditional Music, Vol. 1 (Persian Music)’.

 

Production and editing – Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com

 

Photography and graphic design – Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com

20… Upside Drowning – BOOK LAUNCH… yay!

20… Upside Drowning – BOOK LAUNCH… yay!

August 28, 2021

The Persian: Ramak Bamzar.

The Poet: Cameron Semmens.

All poems from the book ‘Upside Drowning – poems from the edge of the ocean’, by Cameron Semmens; available through www.webcameron.com

Poem 1: ‘Listening to The Ocean’ by Cameron Semmens

Poem 2: ‘Curious Fragments of Memory’ by Cameron Semmens; music: ‘A Thousand Goodnights’ from the album: ‘Tears of The Candle’  by M. Carney.

Poem 3: ‘The Lips of The Sea’ by Cameron Semmens; music: ‘Erupting Light’ from the album ‘Without Sinking’ by Hildur Guðnadóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Poem 4: ‘The Dream of Oblivion’ by Cameron Semmens; music: ‘Circular’ from the album ‘Without Sinking’ by Hildur Guðnadóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Additional background music: ‘On The Doorstep’ and ‘A Warm Welcome’ by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

Production and editing by Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com 

Graphic design by Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com 

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19… Futile Magic and The Swift Fingers of Love

19… Futile Magic and The Swift Fingers of Love

August 25, 2021

Poem 1: The Swifts in The Willow by Cameron Semmens; 

translation by Ramak Bamzar. 

Music: ‘Overcast’ by Hildur Gudnadottir & Johann Johannsson, 

from the album ‘Without Sinking’.

 

Poem 2: Futile Magic by Fereydoon Moshiri;

translation by Frank Moshiri (2015).

Music: ‘Avaze Bayate Esfahan’ from the album 

‘Iran – Masters of Traditional Music, Vol. 1 (Persian Music)’.

 

Production and editing – Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com 

 

Photography and graphic design – Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com 

18… Nowruz – Persian New Year and a new little poem

18… Nowruz – Persian New Year and a new little poem

April 5, 2021

Ramak shares about Nowruz – the symbology and her experiences.

Cameron surprises her with a brand new poem: Standing in Love

Enjoy!

17… FARSI ONLY: The Fall of The Willow – online album (all of Ramak’s translations of Cam’s poems from the 2020 season)

17… FARSI ONLY: The Fall of The Willow – online album (all of Ramak’s translations of Cam’s poems from the 2020 season)

February 25, 2021

In essence, this episode – The Fall of The Willow – is a spoken-word album, which you can listen to in one continuous stream.

It's a curated compilation consisting of each one of Cameron Semmens' original poems translated and recited by Ramak Bamzar in the 2020 podcast season.

These gorgeous translations have been brought together to create a single half-hour of swirling, twirling, whispered and hollered words declared and confided to YOU – our dear listener. May love and wonder seep into your bones...

 

NOTE: If you'd like to listen to Cameron's original poems in English, go to the previous episode: 16... SPECIAL: The Fall of The Willow – online album (all of Cam's poems from the 2020 season)

 

The poems:

 

1 :  As I Stand on Edge of The Park

2 : What Happened in The Forest?

3 : Still Trying To

4 : The Father of Butterflies

5 : Come Into Me

6 : They are a secret

7 : In The Mountains

8 : Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 1

9 : Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 2

10 : Rapid ‘I’ Movement Towards You

11 : The Mind is a Yacht, The Heart an Oil Tanker

12 : Upon Approaching a Dead Person in a Hospice

13 : The Wattle and The Willow


Music credits:

 

Title song : 'A Warm Welcome' by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

1 :  Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

2 : Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

3 : ‘Chasm’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

4 : ‘Viewed from The Climb’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

5 : ‘God’ from the album ‘Henotic’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

6 : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

8 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

9 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com 

10 : ‘Love her and she will watch over you’ by Luke Pittman

11 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

12 : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

13 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

16… SPECIAL: The Fall of The Willow – online album (all of Cam’s poems from the 2020 season)

16… SPECIAL: The Fall of The Willow – online album (all of Cam’s poems from the 2020 season)

February 19, 2021

In essence, this episode – The Fall of The Willow – is a spoken-word album, which you can listen to in one continuous stream.

It's a curated compilation consisting of each one of Cameron's original poems shared in the 2020 podcast season. These poems have been brought together to create a single half-hour of swirling, twirling, whispered and hollered words declared and confided to YOU – our dear listener.

May love and wonder seep into your bones...

 

          Coming soon: all the translations of these poems in Farsi

          read by Ramak Bamzar in a special FARSI ONLY episode!

 

Poem 1 :  As I Stand on Edge of The Park

Poem 2 : What Happened in The Forest?

Poem 3 : Still Trying To

Poem 4 : The Father of Butterflies

Poem 5 : Come Into Me

Poem 6 : They are a secret

Poem 7 : Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 1

Poem 8 : Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 2

Poem 9 : In The Mountains

Poem 10 : The Mind is a Yacht, The Heart an Oil Tanker

Poem 11 : Upon Approaching a Dead Person in a Hospice

Poem 12 : Rapid ‘I’ Movement Towards You

Poem 13 : From My Dry Lips

Poem 14 : The Wattle and The Willow


MUSIC CREDITS:

 

Title song : 'A Warm Welcome' by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

1 :  Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

2 : Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

3 : ‘Chasm’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

4 : ‘Viewed from The Climb’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

5 : ‘God’ from the album ‘Henotic’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

6 : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

7 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

8 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com 

10 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

11 : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

12 : ‘Love her and she will watch over you’ by Luke Pittman

13 : Cameron Semmens

14 : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

 

15… Forever in 3 Minutes – MINI-EPISODE – an intro to the 2021 season

15… Forever in 3 Minutes – MINI-EPISODE – an intro to the 2021 season

February 12, 2021

Poem : From My Dry Lips – words and music by Cameron Semmens.

Title music : A Warm Welcome – Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

Production and editing – Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com

Photography and graphic design – Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com

14… Yalda Night Special

14… Yalda Night Special

December 22, 2020

Episode 14 : Yalda Night Special

Ramak and Cam share a night full of candles, cosiness, fruit and poetry! Gorgeous ghazals from one of the greatest of all Persian poets: Hafiz, as well as exquisite poems from Cam’s 3 favourite poets: David Whyte, Mary Oliver and John O’Donohue…. and Cam couldn’t not share a brand-new ghazal he’d just written.

But some may be asking – What is Yalda Night?

Well, Yalda Night is a winter solstice festival celebrated in Iran. Friends and family gather on the longest night of the year to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Nuts and fruits are shared. The red-coloured fruits, like pomegranates and watermelons, are particularly significant – symbolising the crimson hues of dawn and the glow of life. The poems of Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are read aloud… and even used as a light-hearted form of divination called ‘fal-e Hafez’, where the reader sends out a wish to Hafez, flicks through their book of Hafez poems, stops at a random page, and reads that poem as an answer to their wish…

and on this Yalda Night in 2020 Ramak and Cam try a bit of fal-e Hafez… with thought-provoking results!

Poem list:

1 : Sweet Darkness by David Whyte.

2 : A Summer Day by Mary Oliver.

3 & 4 : Ghazals by Hafez from The Divan of Hafez.

5 : Ode 44 (a ghazal by Hafez) translated by Richard Le Gallienne.

6 : A Silent Refrain by Cameron Semmens

7 : For The Break-up of a Relationship by John O’Donohue

 

All music by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

Podcast produced by Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com

Photography and graphic design by Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com

13… The Wattle and The Willow… sharing our love with you

13… The Wattle and The Willow… sharing our love with you

December 8, 2020

Poem 1 : The Wattle and The Willow by Cameron Semmens.

Translation by Ramak Bamzar.

Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

 

Poem 2 : How Impatient by Ahmad Shamlou.

Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

 

Title music : ‘A Warm Welcome’ by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

 

Podcast produced by Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com

 

Photography and graphic design by Ramak Bamzar : www.ramakbamzar.com

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