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Poetry 2006
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Green spring
We remained with our deep desire for the red apple
Farah Afshari

Asheghaaneh
Love
Mandana Zandian

Confessions
Video clips & photo essay: Leila Farjami poetry reading in Berekeley
Jahanshah Javid

Autumn letter
For Mother
Susan Atefat-Peckham

Temptation
Tearing me apart
Reza Eslami

One heartbeat to the next
After all life in only a string on moments
Baharak Sedigh

Four things to know
Inspired by a poem from Attar
Sasan Seifikar

Grading grief
From the one-night stand to the life-long variety
Setareh Sabety

Blood and oil
My mother’s people rousted about for oil
Tarssa Yazdani

Sadistic hunt
... to search, with such heart
Tahereh Tavous

Truth be told
Is your truth the only truth that we must obey?
Sara Rahai

Traces
Wrinkles that show all the years of woe
Setareh Sabety

"Tanznevisse khoshteep"
In memory of satirist and poet Emran Salahi
Massoud Noghrekar

Benevolence
We listen to the whole world and argue for what we need to find
Niloofar Nafici

Deep throat
Muffled lamentations
Setareh Sabety

A letter to the war kids
Your lukewarm tears are mine, And my butterfly laughter is yours
Ashish Thakur

Bibi Abipoosh
The devastated woman of the Middle East
Pouran Farrokhzad

Emshab yek niloufar beh maah khireh mishavad
A lilly will gaze at the moon tonight
Massoud Vatankhahi

Ay khatoon
Naghmeye khaamooshe bidaaraane eshgh
Habib Shokati

Post-enghelab trees
In this ancient belly dance their bodies curve around the air
Baharak Sedigh

Lowland
Looking through cathedrals made of numbers, not faith
Jam

Redirecting
When the sun shines on your face
Reza Eslami

To all Iranian women
Set me free
Sarah Barzmehri

The rasa of nothingness
In the ruins of his conquered lands
Leila Farjami

Jaaye paaye eshgh
Introduction & and MP3s from Fereidoun Farahandouz's poetry album
Mandana Zandian

New life, through translation
Interview with The Translation Project's Niloufar Talebi
Bruce Bahmani

Raaze katibeh
To archaeologists in Tangeh Bolaghi
Shokooh Mirzadegi

The Anniversary
In the land of plenty
Sara Rahai

Olive tree
God lives inside this olive tree
Mersedeh Mehrtash

Azadi
Barmigardi
Mandana Zandian

They are from Persia
But they are not cats
Sasan Seifikar

The capture
I have completed the musical race I began as a boy and have untied myself for you
Arash Daneshzadeh

One hundred people
As we read the New York Times in air conditioned American cafes
Bahar Mirhosseini

Nothing
The bombs, lights that blind and Damascus, burning after Tehran
Sheema Kalbasi

Pomegranate-blossom love
(Her name was Gol-Anar)
Manoucher Parvin

Shere shomaa kojaast?
Khabar chenaan daagh bood keh sardam shod
Habib Shokati

2 tarh
Hejrat va ghorbat
Massoud Vatankhahi

Adenocarcinoma
For Hamideh
Orkideh Behrouzan

Miveye shishehee
Selected poems
Hossein Shoaie Nia

Par-e Simorgh
Beh aatash kesham aayaa parat raa?
Adel Shoja

If you touch it
This time: there is a me
Tahereh Tavous

Mahboob
Az miyaane daryaaye aatash
Reza Khalesi

For Lebanon
We walk to our homes knowing of those displaced by powers beyond God
Sara Rahai

Booye baaroot
Qaasedak booye baaroot midaad
Qasem Nosrati

Executioners
You do not hear me. Silence is not for me.
Farhad "Amir" Nabipour

Petition nation
every other day i receive a new petition
Samira Mohyeddin

A battle between heart and mind
This tale will perhaps continue forever
Akbar Showkatian

Memoir of love
What happened?
Yasaman Rohani

Dishab
The grave stone of peace oozing enriched uranium
Mandana Zandian

In the temple
They pray aloud so that others can hear them well
Sasan Seifikar

Baba
Babaye khoob-e man!
Orkideh Behrouzan

The innocent terrorist
And in the beginning, there was the end
Leila Farjami

Guns with no names
I am here to dry your tears
Reza Eslami

The four quarters of the old city
I denounce this god you've all created
Baharak Sedigh

In your beautiful eyes
Never let them hide your innocence under their lies
Hedieh Sajadi

Pain, pain, and more pain!
In memory of Mr. Akbar Mohammadi, in hopes of freedom for all prisoners of conscience
Zina Payman

Nine ghazals
New translation of Hafez poems
Reza Ordoubadian

Shabaahange tadfin
For Akbar Mohammadi
Esmail Nooriala

Ashhad
Hekaayat
Naanaam

Ey Khodaa, pas to kojaaie?
So where are you... God?
Khosh khoda

Posthumous birth
On the need for a small coffin for a child born to a woman killed in an Israeli missile attack on southern Lebanon
Sarah Amsler

* Mehvare ashraar
* The Axis of Evil
Your forgiving gods have all died
Leila Farjami

Iran
Do I even begin to dare contemplate a return
Ali Alizadeh

Hemmat
the defining moment on the plains of Marathon of the Western World
Jam

You are a promise
Take a dive then into the depths of your mind
Sasan Seifikar

Children of Iraq
Wounded and dead children of iraq, stretch for as far as the eye can see
David B. McCoy

Last night I was with Hafez
The memory of a night in love
Hedieh Sajadi

Naked
Be warned, I am a harmless soul full of danger
Farid Parsa

Your music
... makes me run wild
Baharak Sedigh

Hope
How can I hold your hand, When I left mine in sand?
Akbar Showkatian

Valley of life
Or just a dream?
Tamar Mikaelian Katz

The sea prophet
Four poems
Leila Farjami and Mana Aghaee

det iranska nationaleposet
Swedish translation of the Shahnameh
Anja Malmberg and Namdar Nasser

The excecutions in Mashhad
In memory of Ayad and Mohammad
Karl Hoff

Intrusive memories
But are they intrusive if they are all you have left?
Tahereh Tavous

Khalij Chabahar
Chabahr Bay
Cyrous Moradi

ER
Inspired by watching Baghdad on TV
Shoja Adel

From Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi
A voice from a road between East and West
Mahnaz Badihian (Oba)

Perfectly parallel mirrors
for John T. Chalcraft
Laleh Khalili

Welcome to Iran
I am a 16 year old Persian boy living in London and missing Iran
Abtin Sadeghi

Dining with Death
Last night in his castle beyond all mountains i dined with Death, drinking wine from crystal goblets
Baharak Sedigh

Hobaab baazi
Bubbles
Leila Farjami

The longest war
Hangs like an impossible breath through immovable cracks in the concrete
Arash Daneshzadeh

Dead to the world
An all purple dance show
Parviz Sadigh

Kenwood in Taurus
An all purple dance show
Vida Kashizadeh

Time and Life
In search of a free soul
Akbar Showkatian

From Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi
A voice from a road between East and West
Mahnaz Badihian (Oba)

Perfectly parallel mirrors
for John T. Chalcraft
Laleh Khalili

Welcome to Iran
I am a 16 year old Persian boy living in London and missing Iran
Abtin Sadeghi

Dining with Death
Last night in his castle beyond all mountains i dined with Death, drinking wine from crystal goblets
Baharak Sedigh

Hobaab baazi
Bubbles
Leila Farjami

The longest war
Hangs like an impossible breath through immovable cracks in the concrete
Arash Daneshzadeh

Dead to the world
An all purple dance show
Parviz Sadigh

Kenwood in Taurus
An all purple dance show
Vida Kashizadeh

Time and Life
In search of a free soul
Akbar Showkatian

Only the blue remains unchanged
Who was it that came to rescue these slippery vowels from disgrace?
Parinaz Eleish

Raaze Da Vinci
The Persian Da Vinci Code
Gharib Ghorbati

Behbahani in New Jersey
Photo essay: Honoring dissident poet Simin Behbahani
Alireza Tarighian

Here we are
Capturing a new literature by Iranian women of the diaspora
Jasmin Darznik

Joys of a simple meal
A handful of figs
Esther Kamkar

I sit at the edge of my memories
... and I wonder if I own them
Baharak Sedigh

Strokes of oddness
Like a rolling ball through time life's black spots keep appearing with each revolution
Parviz Sadigh

Mind
... that fixes or destroys you
Akbar Showkatian

Return the Favor
The father who dreamed as much as stars dream to shine
Arash Daneshzadeh

Shopping again
You assume: this is happiness
Sasan Seifikar

Why?
Why do i wish for you when the stars are far and few?
Persian Chilly

At home in the world
From this shore to that
Leora Douraghy

Doost koo
Digar nimam kojaa raft
Mehran Ahmadi

Salam azizam
Negaraan nabaash
Leila Farjami

Disaster on the horizon
For the people of Iran
Persis Karim

Unpacking
... for a storm
Zara Houshmand

Silent river
Of an untold humid truth
Reza Eslami

Khate etefaagh bar rooye chatr
Beh ejaazeye katbi ehtiyaaji neest

Habib Shokati

The shadows
Stealing the souls of Innocents
Akbar Showkatian

Crash
I hunger for the hurt
Tahereh Tavous

My hands & your eyes
My hands climb on the long and smooth walls of wanting
Farah Afshari

You reap what you sow
Stealing the souls of Innocents
The Bangman

Bethlehem, March 12, 2003
Bang...bang...bang...
Reza T. Saberi

Never ending love
Underneath the sadness and tears/ It is not the Iran/ That everyone has come to fear
Leila Register

Prayer
(for Maya)
Arash Daneshzadeh

Hand painted dreams
In this grey garden of green remembrance
Farah Afshari

Spring poems
The sight of wild flowers
Sasan Seifikar

Satisfaction
Lighter than a feather
Akbar Showkatian

To kill a sand nigger
One day I decided to kill
Doug Soderstrom

Midnight solace
Wordless sigh
Matt Fulton

Innocent dreams
Tears, best friend of street kids
Aashish Ameya

Who is the terrorist?
One, who oppresses, keeps others mum by its might
Malik Ashaq Raza

President
The world is not black and white [Persian text]
Alireza Tarighian

Ghazale Ghazalhaa
16 days before 9/11
Goli Farrell

Don't kiss and tell
Today, a love for real is a love to last
Patricia Byron Hariri

Mitavaan beh khish andishid?
Emrooz nah
Ali Tabibzadeh

Boredom
What's the point?
Lee Howard Hodges

Chashmai purjoush
Agar isyon kunem, ofoq metarkad ba rui mo
Loiq Sherali

O morning
Your mission is accomplished
Akbar Showkatian

Chameleon
He conforms to those around him
Sasan Seifikar

In his memory
Forlorn backgammon in the heat...
Laleh Khalili

When thunder rolls
I see fire under the ashes ready to ignite
Hedieh Sajadi and Benjamin Graber

Pesaram kangaroost!
Dar atashdaane espand dore donyaa micharkhaanad
Sheida Mohamadi

Avenue Vali Asr
-- for Kholeh Lili
Susan Atefat-Peckham

12 sahargaahaaneh dar ghorbat
For the memory of my mother, Fatemeh Arham Sadr
Massoud Vatankhahi

The epic of the Persian woman
Don't call me just a woman
Parvin Bavafa

Iran, sarzamine zibaaye man
My beautiful homeland
Taj Mah

Tales
You are the purpose that rain tastes this sweet
Arash Daneshzadeh

By any other name at Abu Ghraib
Iconic symbol of our fall
Leora Douraghy

Dark (70 percent cocoa)
Tough to bury the past
Michelle

Bare skin
The outline of your shoulders is like art
Sara Ansari

Gohare shab cheraagh
Shirin dar baazaare bardeh forooshaan
Shoja Adel

Empty space
Black comedy that only we can laugh at
Tahereh Tavous

Despair
I am having the same nightmare / The one I had after 9/11
Sasan Seifikar

The shaking of the wind
... no longer scares me
Baharak Sedigh

Naamehaaie az jahannam
Letters from hell
Leila Farjami

Hezaar bahaar
... dar zendaan-e zemestaan
Homayoun Abghari

My little girl
The sunshine of our spring
Akbar Showkatian

Infringements II
Poems about rights abused in America
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

The farce
I guess somewhere in time I will get over you
Mehrdad Sanandaji

I will
I guess somewhere in time I will get over you
Reza Eslami

I am one
Knowing freedom is the only true destination
Niloofar Nafici

Masters of the universe
I see you all hiding through my X-ray eyes
Jam Hamid

Sizdeh bedar
... in a London sun that gives more light and less warmth
Vida Kashizadeh

In the End
Small hope: at least to be on the ground
Jack Oakly

Two letters
From Forough Farrokhzad, published for the first time

Majid Roshangar

Cheshmehaaye doosti
Beshooeed ghamaan
Massoud Vatankhahi

Raahe Norooz
For the New Year
Alireza Tarighian

Emsaal saa'at-haa raa jelo nemikeshand...
On the scrapping of day-light savings time by the Iranian government.
Gharib Ghorbati

Bombs away baby
Let the big boys think of war / We folks will live / To go to yet another bar
Setareh Sabety

Power
As I build a boat and contemplate the capture of beauty of other worlds...
Arash Daneshzadeh

Patience
Makes sure all the troubles will exit
Akbar Showkatian

The gods are gone with the people
Behind the vitrines in museums
Jack Oakley

Havaa sard ast
Norooz poshte ghadamhaayam jaareest
Mandana Zandian

From the end of the roots
At last, we sit alongside the sun
Habib Shokati

Eteraaf-naamehaaye dokhtaraane bad (2)
The elephant in the room
Leila Farjami

For our own good
On International Women's Day I look at my painting
Azadeh Azad

A special blend
Yes I am a woman...
Neda Abghari

Definition of being feminine
It means being fancy and delicate, Or being a grease monkey
Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari

Hey you
For those who lost their lives for us
Farhad "Amir" Nabipour

Seeing you
It means being fancy and delicate, Or being a grease monkey
Sara Ansari

Remember
Poetry
Reza Eslami

Asre yekshanbeye ghorbat
Biyaa o bebin che atvaareest...
Hamid Izadi

Broken heart
Observe the symptoms of a heart breaking
Setareh Sabety

Why I moved back
A friend of mine who moved back to Iran responds
to the question "why did you moved back?" -- MB

Roospi
Inspired by an interview with with two Iranian prostitutes in Dubai
Orkideh Behrouzan

Aoo miaayad
For those who their loved ones are far away
Shoja Adel

P.S.
At the end
M. Reza Eslami

Sokoote Buddha
Buddha's silence
Cyrous Moradi

They are pretenders
They swear that Hafez is the one, but...
Sasan Seifikar

In the city
Fortuned they whom foreign attitude becomes
Jack Oakley

The opposite of sleep
Sacred, the beautiful word.
Jam Hamidi

Ghazal-e azad (2) (3) (4)
Three poems
Alireza Zarrin

Am I a dream dreaming a dream that...
With one foot in the winds
And one foot in the waves

Manoucher Parvin

My double life
I look like the perfect wife
Salomeh Mohajer

Listen to the reed how it tells a tale
Exploring tradition and modernity through Iranian musical literature
Aaron P. Baca

Zanaane koochak, mardaane bozorg
Small women, big men
Leila Farjami

Take me away
Around the world
Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari

To live and believe
What will I do if my dreams all shatter and fall through?
Saeideh Mohajer

The world
We've become heartless in the name of freedom
Baharak Sedigh

Diyaare roshanam dar shabe tireh
New poem
Simin Behbahani

But... NO violence please
You are oppressed, depressed, stressed, distressed... But... NO violence please
M. Ashaq Raza

* Taajere bardeh
* Ekteshaafaate Columbus
Two poems
Cyrous Moradi

Baaraan
Yeh aseman abr dar cheshmhaayam neshasteh
Qasem Nosrati

Beyond borders
.... we climb through the sadness of time to stop the killing of the blushing birds
Sheema Kalbasi and Roger Humes

Hozoor
Geryeh dar pastooye taareek, aaghaaze aadamist
Orkideh Behrouzan

Three poems
I knew you, Like an old song
Nilou Kian

Jange sevom
Mojdegaani beh 70 million mellate zire setam
Hamid Izadi

Chatr
Taareekhe masrafe eshgh
Shahrokh Setoudeh Foumani

The ride to Mashad
Hearing the clump-clump of the tracks
Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari

The second death
The story of one woman who survived stoning
Massoume Price

Falling
(for Maya and Mother)
Arash Daneshzadeh

Ode to love
I put my soul in front of the mirror and wait for the flowing river
Massoud Vatankhahi

If I don't look your way
I am just afraid
Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari

Infringements
(On the tenth anniversary of an American injustice)
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

Oh rain
Bleeding heart
Foad Besharat

Forgive me
Forgive me lord cuz I failed to live as you planned
Saeideh Mohajer

Illusive relationship
Till the day comes when it will be lost - Or discovered.
Raz

Jaaye paaye tavaghof
Beh pesaram, Sahand
Habib Shokati

Sandooghe posti
Mail box
Leila Farjami

Mordan va maandan
In search of meaning in two of Forough Farrokhzad's poems
Mandana Zandian

Forough at 71
On the 71st birthday of Forough Farrokhzad
Fereidoun Farahandouz
The past overlooked in haze
Kimya Sarayloo

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