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Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi (PEN World Voices Festival)
May 6 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM| $15
Poetic duels are found worldwide across cultures and times, with vibrant traditions throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. The Afghan tradition is called “sheyr jangi,” or “poetry fighting,” and has its roots in the early medieval Central Asian Courts. Tonight, we pay homage to this tradition—but with a twist. We have curated a “deck” of poems by classical poets writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkic, and Urdu. With our audience’s help, we invite our featured poets to battle with these literary ancestors on the theme of Gender and Power.
Poets MAJDA GAMA, RAMI KARIM, AURORA MASUM-JAVED, SHAM-E-ALI NAYEEM, and PURVI SHAH share original work, followed by an improvisational game channeling classical poets. Co-hosted by poet and scholar ZOHRA SAED and City Lore’s Director of Poetry Programs Sahar Muradi.
Presented as part of the PEN World Voices Festival and in association with Ping Chong + Company.