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Sohrab Sepehri

In my heart a little flame like the dreams you have while still half-asleep rousing yourself. So restless am I that I feel like racing to the end of the desert without end, up to the zenith of the highest mountain from where it seems there is a voice calling out to me. — Sohrab Sepehri,… Continue reading Sohrab Sepehri

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Sohrab Sepehri

 No, unity is impossible. There’s always distance although the curve of the stream makes a nice pillow for the sweet slumber of the morning glory. There is always distance. One should be ‘afflicted’ or else the bewildered murmuring between words would be wasted. And love is a journey to a culminating brightness of the solitude… Continue reading Sohrab Sepehri

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Forugh Farrokhzad

Listen. Hear the darkness blow like wind? I watch this prosperity through alien eyes. I am addicted to my despair. Listen. Hear the darkness blow? —  Forugh Farrokhzad, from “The Wind will Blow us Away,” Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, translated by Sholeh Wolpe. (University of Arkansas Press June 1, 2010) Originally published September… Continue reading Forugh Farrokhzad

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Forugh Farrokhzad

When blood was gushing forth from the anxious temples of my desire When my life was nothing other than the ticking of the clock I realized that I must love That I must madly love. — Forugh Farrokhzad, from “Window” (1967), translated by Farzaneh Milani from the Persian. The New York Times: The Opinion Pages.… Continue reading Forugh Farrokhzad

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