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Although I have many, many Amharic poems composed over the past thirty-nine years, and even though I started writing poetry at age 12, I have been hesitating to make them available to the public at large in this manner for copyright reasons and out of "too much care" for them. After so much deliberation, however, I have decided to release at least some of those which I feel are current, instead of keeping them in the dark, inside my closets. The poem attached entitled, "Teshloklakiwoch", is one of them. In this connection, I should note that a number of my poems have been translated into Russian, English and German. As a matter of fact, I have two books of verse in the German language. The poems included in the two books have been recited and broadcasted over German radio stations in German by German actors, besides being coverted into musical by a German composer who liked them a lot, in 1981. A few of them have appeared in anthologies with world reknown poets and Noble laureates such as Pablo Neruda and others. The one I am presenting here is new. My English poems( a thick book consisting of about 200 poems) are under publication. My longest poem in Amharic, "Yichi Nat Ye Ne Medir", that has been transmitted over Radio Deutchwelle (German Amharic Radio) for the past 20 years continuously because of popular demand, saw the light of the day recently. I have to circulate it yet widely. I invite you to take a look at the present one.
"Just curious, though, who is the one composing 'inflammatory poems' from the safety and comfort of a German beerhall?Sipping contentedly 'the brunnette mistress'(incidentally that is what FN says of beer to the German) and working himself in to a poetic rage just to get in the mood for creativity?"...........Lena
do you have any idea who Fikre Tolosa is?
” My English poems (a THICK book consisting of about 200 poems)…………. My German poems (a FAT book)……….. My Russian poems (an OVERWEIGHT book)………… My XYZ poems (a GIANT book) … …blah……blah. ”
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