A collaboration between poet Talha Ahsan and artist Damon Kowarsky is published in the latest edition of Poetry and Paint – a regular magazine of poetry and illustration. The latest edition is themed around Space. Featured is a poem written by Talha produced in Syria
Lines for H – the failed engagement
The poem is translated into Arabic by Mahjub Monzer
This is the first time one of Talha poems in Arabic translation has been published.
Talha poetry has also been translated into Italian, German and French.
These pages of poetry and artwork are taken from a
planned zine which will incorporate more of Talha’s poetry
and Damon’s artwork. The poem is presented in English and
Arabic. Help on layout by Helena Wee.
Poetry and Paint – issue 2. April 2014.
Editor: Carmina Masoliver
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Reference Edition available in the Southbank Saison Poetry Library
DAMON KOWARSKY studied printmaking at VCA and Glasgow
School of Art and Advanced Figure Drawing with Godwin
Bradbeer at RMIT. Since graduating he has exhibited
regularly in Australia and abroad and worked as a scientific,
courtroom, and archaeological illustrator. In 2002 he
assisted on a dig for the Dakhleh Oasis Project Egypt.
The recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a
Toyota Community Spirit Artist Travel Award and Collie
Trust Scholarship, Kowarsky has travelled extensively in
South Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Architecture and the
colours of earth and sky inspire much of his work.
Kowarsky exhibits regularly in Australia and abroad. He is
currently working on prints inspired by travels in Japan,
Korea, and the USA, and working collaboratively with Kyoko
Imazu and Mohammad Atif Khan.
Damon has been writing to Talha in prison for a number of years
and was deeply moved by his prison poetry anthology This be the Answer
Poetry&Paint is a project initiated by Carmina Masoliver to see visual art merge with the written word through a variety of mediums and disciplines.
Poetry&Paint is published twice a year and has two submission windows.