Author Jan Pêt Khorto reads “Til en Damaskusjomfru” in Arabic. In this same video, produced and edited by Balal Jabar, his translator June Dahy reads the poem in Danish.
Jan Pêt Khorto is a Syrian Kurdish poet, writer, and journalist. He currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2010, he founded a newspaper that focused on the living conditions and stories of asylum seekers in Denmark. The newspaper lasted 11 months. Jan is co-founder of the Syrian Cultural Institute in Denmark.
Two of Jan’s five poetry collections were translated and published in Denmark; Helveds Fristelser (2011) and Edens Vugge – Hviskende Skæbner fra Syrien (2016). His last poetry collection in Arabic was published by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in 2017.