Maryam Ala Amjadi
Maryam Ala Amjadi, born in 1984 in Tehran, is a young poet, translator and essayist who has spent the impressionable years of her childhood in India. Her first book of poems Me, I and Myself was published by TehranSeda Publications in 2003. Ala Amjadi who writes in English was the winner of the Silver Medal in the 14th National Persian Literature Olympiad (2001) and was awarded Honorary ... more »
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for Lubna al-Hussein
The butterflies of my headscarf
are pilgrim worms that have always crawled up
the laddered gloom of my vocal cords.
And by the strident testimony of my heels
the life I walk is half dead on the blindness of scales
while the immature conquerors of our alien triangles
feed on the generous familiarity of our circles.
How many shrouds of laughter and wrath should we stitch
so the trampled body of this silence is never vertical
The flowers of our drowsy dresses no longer wish to await
a mating wind that ...