A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
The Will Room in Evin Prison
Has two ways out.
Alas! One cannot take both.
Thus, she writes that life
Is beautiful and desirable
And puts down the date of her death.
Copyright 2017 Majid Naficy
Tehran’s Evin Prison is notorious for systematically raping and torturing prisoners.
Majid Naficy was born in Iran in 1952. He published poetry, criticism and an award-winning children’s book in Iran. During the 1970’s Dr. Naficy was politically active against the Shah’s regime. After the 1979 Revolution, as the new regime began to suppress the opposition, his first wife, Ezzat Tabaian and his brother Sa’id were amongst the many to be imprisoned and executed. He fled Iran in 1983, eventually settling in Los Angeles with his son Azad. He has since published six volumes of poetry in both English and Persian, as well as numerous books of criticism. His best known volume of poetry in English, Father and Son, was published in 2003 by Red Hen Press.