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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

Majid Naficy: Muddy Boots

in memory of Hossein Okhovat-Moqaddam I wash my old hiking boots And with the tip of my finger Brush their muddy treads. Oh, Dried mud! From which land do you … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mohammad Omidvar: How did the Iranian Revolution go so far off the rails?

. Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Majid Naficy: A Return to the Garden of Goethe

If your son asks you When was the best day of the Revolution What will you tell him?  Will you say instantly: February 11, 1979? The day you opened the gate of Evin … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

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