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Poetry

Three Poems

by Bijan Jalali
translated from the Persian by Hamed Kashani and Gary Gach

Poem written in Persian

when you look
carefully
a flower
is all that is

to me
flowers
are the eyes
of the earth
regarding us
with bright surprise

Poem written in Persian
a word
as yet
unsaid
still
unwritten
it’s whiter
than paper
Poem written in Persian

how each branch
of a tree
seeks its own path
in space
unlike
any other

Bijan Jalali (1928–99) was among a movement of poets who broke away from strict classical Persian poetry and spearheaded a simple, brief, verse, known as sepid (white) poetry. His works include Days, Our Hearts and the World, The Color of Water, Play of Light, and Dailies.

Hamed Kashani is an Iranian poet and translator. He is a member of poetry workshops at the Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture in Tehran and hosts Friends of the Garden, with Gary Gach.

Gary Gach has published nine books, and his work has appeared in European Judaism, Inquiring Mind, The New Yorker, Yoga Journal, and the anthology Language for a New Century.

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