The Persian and The Poet
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

12… And someone is dying

12… And someone is dying

November 27, 2020

Episode 11 : And someone is dying

... In this episode Ramak and Cameron discuss times they have stood beside death. For Cameron, at hospital bedsides; for Ramak, as a documentary photographer, in the disaster zone of the 2003 Bam earthquake in southern Iran. And they wonder over the fact that… as someone is dying… another is coming to life. As Ned Kelly said in his famous last words before he hung from the noose: such is life.

Poem 1 : Upon Approaching a Dead Person in a Hospice by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

Poem 2 : Moonlight by Ahmad Shamlou; translation into English by Iraj Bashiri. Music by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.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

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

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

November 3, 2020

Poem 1 : The Mind is a Yacht, The Heart an Oil Tanker by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar and Roya Bamzar. Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

Poem 2 : Oasis in a Moment by Sohrab Sepehri; translation into English by Ismail Salami. 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

10… Tonight, wonder will flap its wings

10… Tonight, wonder will flap its wings

October 18, 2020

Poem 1 : Rapid ‘I’ Movement Towards You by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar. Music: ‘Love her and she will watch over you’ by Luke Pittman. Poem 2 : ‘Beyond Presence’ by Sohrab Sepehri; translation into English by Ali Salami.  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 

9… Tripping up in the darkness (…is this a good poem?)

9… Tripping up in the darkness (…is this a good poem?)

October 7, 2020

Poem 1 : ‘The Wind Will Take Us’ by Forough Farrokhzad; translation into English by Daniel Shams. Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com 

Poem 2 : ’Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 2’ by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar. 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 

8… Beyond the borders of your body… I love you

8… Beyond the borders of your body… I love you

September 26, 2020

Poem 1 : ’Petalled Pillows and Thorny Sheets – Part 1’ by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar. Music : Rod Gear.

Poem 2 : ‘Tryst’ by Ahmad Shamlou; translation into English by Naim Nabili and Frank Lewis. 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 …

7… The Mountains and Shamlou

7… The Mountains and Shamlou

September 20, 2020

Poem 1 : ’In The Mountains’ by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar.

Poem 2 : The Dead-end Rod road by Ahmad Shamlou; translation by Sholeh Wolpé. 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

6… Secrets… and Rumi

6… Secrets… and Rumi

September 12, 2020

Episode 6 : Secrets... and Rumi.

Poem 1 : ’They are a secret’ by Cameron Semmens; translation into Farsi by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘Frederique’ by Michael Carney.

Poem 2 : A selection of quatrains by Rumi; translation into English by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin. Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com 

Title music : ‘A Warm Welcome’ by Jared Haschek. Podcast produced by Cameron Semmens. Photography and graphic design by Ramak Bamzar.

5… A Room Full of Rumi

5… A Room Full of Rumi

September 5, 2020

Episode 5 : A Room Full of Rumi.

1 : ’Come Into Me’ by Cameron Semmens; translation by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘God’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

2 : A ghazal by Rumi; translation into English by Mariam Maafi. Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com 

Poems 3 and 4 by Rumi.

Title music by Jared Haschek: jaredhaschek.com

Podcast produced by Cameron Semmens. Photography and graphic design by Ramak Bamzar.

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