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New Poetry Anthology

New Poetry Anthology

 Celebrated poet and activist, Sheema Kalbasi, has brought out a new anthology of Persian poetry. You can sample a few poems from this collection below. *     *     *     *     * The Arts know no national boundaries. The Republic of Arts and Letters encompasses the entire world. For too long, those in power across the globe have benefited mightily, cynically from pitting group against group, nation against nation, and we all suffer as a result. We suffer in the lack of…

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The Secret

The Secret

  IT’S A MAN’S WORLD TO THE END OF THE END— I am a woman. Simply. To look at me is a sin — I must be veiled. To hear my voice is a temptation that must be hushed. For me to think is a crime so I must not be schooled. I am to bear it all and die quietly, without complaint. Only then can I be admitted to the court of God where I must repose naked on…

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New Poetry and a Short Film

New Poetry and a Short Film

We have some new poetry on tap from Sheema Kalbasi, Alessio Zanelli and Tony Jones. Sheema also tipped me off to a very good short film and hopes our readers will view the movie here. The filmmaker in question, Hossein Martin Fazeli, is also a poet. One I hope to publish here soon.   __________   If I had another life to live, I think I would be a filmmaker. The ability to make art that way, to combine prose,…

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Paper Spoon: India Meets Persia

Paper Spoon: India Meets Persia

  Paper Spoon   This night holds me so tightly in its palm, as if to never love another, but outside what remains is the inheritance and an unfriendly notice. I fumble through the memories, recalling promises of life, never loving another. Softly, I wait until the lush beginning comes to me. I am pale yet ripe, seasoned with night clouds, wondering how the skin is perfected before the portrait of a wrinkled woman, from my kitchen to yours, is…

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Seven Valleys of Love

Seven Valleys of Love

  Two poems from Sheema Kalbasi’s new bilingual anthology of Persian poetry:   WITH YOU     Your tender revolt Contained by the illicit apple Pounds in red And your eyes’ shattered diamond A woman in seclusion Revolves into a star With you On the surface of water I am thirsty Place the skies in your eyes Blaze out the star So that I can see you The sea is peaceful Silent… –Mehri Rahmani

Echoes in Exile

Echoes in Exile

We have some new poetry, this time from Sheema Kalbasi, an excellent poet I had the pleasure to meet last year at a book festival. There is something unique, exquisite and dreamy in her work, something that informs and amplifies the images of war and peace, tragedy and freedom, family, love and laughter she depicts. She is intrepid.  __________ Have added yet more new poetry and some aphorisms to the Spinozablue mix. An Italian poet and an Egyptian-American aphorist, both…

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Two Poems by Sheema Kalbasi

Two Poems by Sheema Kalbasi

Necessity I wear your perfume on my skin Don’t be unkind Like wild flowers shy under the sun Don’t seek the truth, I tell you none exists Everything has an expiration date Love, life, identity, even abnormality. We are travelers, Some of us just leave the suitcase at home So that our hands won’t suffer the weight of our guilt.   ___________________________ New England Children are playing next to the ocean coast and sand castles are built with their digging…

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