The poet’s prophetic lament

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One of the major themes of Solomon Deressa’s second volume of Amharic poems, Zebet Ilfitu: Walotat, published in 1999, was alienation, estrangement, the idea of home becoming too distant and the inability to return, frustrated by poltical circusmtances, which was clearly a personal statement for the poet. As a fitting tribute to Solomon, we are publishing one of his poems dealing with such theme in Amharic and English, as translated by Mitiku Adisu. This is part of a translation project that Mitiku undertook recently to introduce 15 of Ethiopian poets to the English-speaking world. The project is completed and is awaiting publication.

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