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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


March 1, 2001

Non-sensical utterances

I was saddened and deeply sorry to read the letter by an unknown face, AA, accusing one of our finest poets outside Iran of stealing from Ahmad Shamlu ["Baar-e digar, Bahman"].

Dr. Nooriala has been an inspiring poet and literary critic for the last 40 years and it is not up to such people to judge his talent. He certainly is considered as a follower of Ahmad Shamlu but his work and thought surpasses the "Shamlu'i poetry" for a fresher and more poetic stance.

Although I appreciate your democratic position in printing non-sensical utterances like this one, but it is regretful to see that how people without any face can raise their voice and gravely and impolitely accuse a literary figure.

Now that you have printed Shamlu's poem as well, could someone come out and tell us which part of it has been picked by Dr. Nooriala, apart from the fact that both poems are written in Farsi and use a lot of plural forms of words ending in "aan"?

Hushang Mansurian
Hacienda Heights, CA


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