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Majid Naficy: Censoring Love

Suddenly, I remember Ezzat
Who was shot in Evin Prison
And buried in the Cemetery of the Infidels
In a mass grave without any gravestones.

November 24, 2020 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: Fatherly Advice

Live every moment of your life
As if you are just born

September 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Under One Umbrella

The geese do not fit in one pond
The seagulls on one lookout
Nor you and I under one umbrella.

June 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Lunch Time

A 16-year-old Iranian girl has been notified by the local morgue to identify her mother’s body. Over the course of the next 15 minutes, this painful task proves to be more difficult than we could have ever imagined in Alireza Ghasemi’s engrossing and humanist portrait “Lunch Time.”

April 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Majid Naficy: Morning Blend

Every morning my love
Brings me a cup of coffee
With a piece of dark chocolate.

April 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Corpse of the Revolution

I do not wait for poetry
But go in search of it
Because my wings are broken
And I am left far from my nest…

March 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: I Have Become a Resting Place

And my mother, who at her death
Called out to her sister Ozra,
Has not yet let go of
My own sister’s hand.

January 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: George Habash Sandwich

We returned from a Trump protest
And wanted to walk in Golden Gate Park.
We stopped at a sandwich shop
Which smelled like Tehran.

November 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Visiting the Moon

I was fifteen years old
When I found the moon in the Biabanak sand dunes.

November 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Two Lovers

I still hear
The sound of your laughter
On that summer morning

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: In Spite of Your Aching Body

In spite of your aching body
Get up from your bed
And come to watch the river

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Great Feast

Death, like a weary actress
Has gone behind the stage
To take off her black dress
And put on her lounging gown.

July 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Mosaddegh at The Hague

If you go to the Netherlands
Visit The Hague Court of Justice
On a rainy night

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: Sweet Accent

I like the sweet accent
Heard on the stairs this morning:
Persian with a hint of American.

April 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

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