The Iranian Times

Thursday, November 19, 1998 / Aban 28, 1377, No. 609

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    Baba Taher


The males are pregnant
The poetry of Katayoon Zandvakili

From the back cover of Katayoon Zandvakili's Deer Table Legs (University of Georgia Press, 1998):

Few first books of the last decade have attempted such a delicate challenge as this one. A subtle variation on Romeo and Juliet, Deer Table legs is multicultural in the widest, most generous use of that term. Sometimes locating her poems in the Iran of her birth, Katayoon Zandvakili tells more than one kind of love story in narrative filled with irony and tenderness. In "the Boy & the Girl," the face of the beloved is "the kind of face that sits by the fireplace, / listens into the night, wears the sleeve of years." But in "Jerkfish," "Your face came into mine / with the brilliance of teeth, loud water promises." With titles as enigmatic and illusive as those of Wallace Stevens, these poems verge on the dreamlike but hold always to a dramatic clarity.... FULL TEXT


Will Germany Help?

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13 November 98

First southeast Asia and Russia -- and now Iran is facing bankruptcy. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the country quickly needs $3 billion to meet its liabilities. France has already provided $1.45 billion. The mullah regime is holding secret talks Japan, Italy -- and Germany. This matter is extremely delicate because it is threatening to lead to diplomatic complications. Iran is considered the arch enemy of the United States, our most important ally. The reason for the financial crisis: the decline of the oil price to $11 per barrel. Oil accounts for 80 percent of Iran's public revenue. The country had based its budget calculations on a price of $16.


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From a friend:

I am back in California. My father died last week -- unexpectedly. He died five hours before I could get here.

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* Love will re-emerge, in time

Nargess Shahmanesh writes: The language you use in "Marrying an Iranian woman" is truly beautiful; "love floating in a nation that has been so unfortunate, nothing but a divine gift."...

In many ways Iran has become a hard nation, its inhabitants sharp, tough, often ruthless (zebr-o-zerang) ... they are survivors. All this is completely essential (or natural) given our recent history. In this new world, the love you talk about, the innocent love is still part of the soul of Iran, but it has changed shape, hiding behind a mask. Through time, when the country is relaxed politically and economically, maybe the old love will re-emerge... FULL TEXT

* Mohammad can't become a "real" American

Ocmike1 writes: I read "How to become an American." It's truly clever and thought-provoking.

As an Iranian who grew up in the U.S. and joined the military to constantly prove my love for America, I've learned that no matter how long you live in this country or how much you have done for it -- as long as people know you were born in Iran and your real name is Mohammad -- you will never be a "real" American.

God bless Iran and Iranians

* Politics: Payman in Los Angeles

Dr. Habibollah Peyman is giving a talk at University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), Dodd Hall 147, on Saturday Nov. 21 from 5-10 pm.

Subject: The current intellectual trend in teh Islamic Republic of Iran

Book of the Week

Deer Table Legs

Poems by Katayoon Zandvakili

The University of Georgia Press, 1998

Zandvakili lives in Piedmont, California, and writes for Publishers Weekly. Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Five Fingers Review, Hawai'i Review, and the anthology A World Betwee: Poems, Short Stories, and Essays by Iranian-Americans.

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The men I met

The men I met fell from the tops of sentences. They promised hot-air balloon rides, would've stolen sheep. On the way up the mountain they held silent. (Silence is power, the book said.)

Katayoon Zandvakili
"Deer Table Legs"
The Iranian
November 19, 1998

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