The Persian and The Poet
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.

4… The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam… and Butterflies

4… The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam… and Butterflies

August 30, 2020

Episode 4 : The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam… and Butterflies.

Poem 1 : ’The Father of Butterflies’ by Cameron Semmens; translation into Farsi by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘Viewed from The Climb’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

Poem 2 : ’The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ compiled by Kamran Kuhestany; translation into English by Dr. Rosen. 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

3… Love and Death

3… Love and Death

August 26, 2020

Episode 3: LOVE and DEATH

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

Poem 1 : ’Still Trying To’ by Cameron Semmens. Translation into Farsi by Ramak Bamzar. Music : ‘Chasm’ from the album ‘Separate Journeys’ by Spike Mason www.spikemason.com

Poem 2 : ’I Will Greet The Sun Again’ by Forough Farouzad. Music : Rod Gear www.rodgearmusic.com

Podcast produced by Cameron Semmens : www.webcameron.com

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

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