Category Archives: Iran

Say Nothing If You Cannot Say It Well

I think this week’s Sa’di Says speaks for itself: A seasoned speaker knows his craft demands careful thought or his words will go to waste. Follow his example. Say nothing if you cannot say it well; make silence the voice … Continue reading

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Thank You, Veterans

I wrote this on November 11, and then before I could get a thumbs-up from certain people to post it, life intervened. So, it’s a little late, but still worth saying. As GB Stern said, silent gratitude isn’t much use … Continue reading

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Saleh Noh Mobarak! Happy Persian New Year!

Eid Moborak! Norouz Pirouz! I am a little late this year in putting up a post for Norouz. Here is a lovely video of translations of poems by Hafez, one of Iran’s most important poets, that I found on The … Continue reading

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Why I’d Have To Think About Who To Vote For, Barack Obama or Ron Paul

Let me say, first, that I’m confident this is not a choice we’ll ever face. It’s going to be Romney versus Obama. (Unless Ron Paul decides to run as a third party candidate, which, from a Democratic point of view, … Continue reading

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In his speeches, [Khameini] has often cited Lenin’s phrase that if an ideology is not supported by art it will die.

From an article called “The Secrets of Khameini’s Life,” written by Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Khameini, Iran’s Supreme Ruler, cares deeply about poetry and what I finnd interesting in this brief profile is the account of how poetry and politics … Continue reading

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An Iranian Version of the Daily Show

Edited to embed the full interview. These guys do an online show called Parazit that does to Iranian politics what The Daily Show does to the politics of this country. Unfortunately, the shows are in Persian and I haven’t been … Continue reading

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Persian Poetry Tuesday: Ghazal 10 from "The Green Sea of Heaven," Translations of Hafez

Khwaja Shams ud-Din Muhammad Hafez-i Shiraza, the acknowledged master of the ghazal form in the Persian canon, was born sometime between 1317 and 1325. He died in 1389. His poems are among the most popular in the Persian-speaking world, where … Continue reading

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Persian Poetry Tuesday: Partow Nuriala's "I Am Human"

Shortly after the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Partow Nuriala was forced by the government to stop teaching philosophy at Tehran University, where she also worked as a social worker. She subsequently founded Damavand Publications, one of the first independent woman-run … Continue reading

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Persian Poetry Tuesday: Forugh Farrokhzad's "Grief"

Forugh Farrokhzad was the most significant female Iranian poet of the twentieth century, corresponding most closely, in terms of American poetry, to Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. Her poems are political, feminist, sexual, erotic, breaking almost every taboo that existed … Continue reading

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Persian Poetry Tuesday: Conversation in the Dark, by Nader Naderpour

Nader Naderpour was born in 1929 in Tehran. He studied literature at the Sorbonne in Paris during the 1950s and in Rome in the 1960s. He began publishing his poems in the 1940s and is counted among the leaders of … Continue reading

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