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Atashi , Manoochehr. A famous Iranian poet died.

mahmag  •  20 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (1)

Manoochehre Atashi the famous Iranian poet has died taday. The reason for his death was cardiac arrest after kidney surgery in Tehran,Iran. He was 74 years old.

Poem is dream, but
to see, no need to sleep.
From room you go to balconey,
With your slippers on, but no response.
You arrive from the bridge in the backyard.
passing by the water fountain. and you
Open the door to an unknown guest,
who has not sent a message, but
you were expecting him.
He is here and you know he is
where he is suppose to be.You go back
with him, shoulder to shoulder.
He seats in the balconey and drinks
cups of tea, with basil and orange blossom.
He opens the mystery of world
In a cup as small as a word but
contains in it all oceans and thunder.

Translated from Farsi by: mahnaz badihian


mahmag  •  19 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

I want to be in love,
even when there is none.
I want to be in love,
even when I am lost.
even in the lands where they fight.
for as long as I tried,
As long as I taught,nothing but Love,
gave me the reason to life.
I want to be in love,
even when Tsunami grabs me to die...

Mahnaz Badihian

Copyright 2005 Mahnaz Badihian

Beat generation poetry

mahmag  •  11 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (6)

 From left to right, Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others, early 1950's
From left to right, Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others, early 1950's

THE FLOWERING OF the Beat Generation in the late fifties was the result of a very slow germination process. The four original Beats, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Neal Cassady, met in New York in the late forties. More than a decade would pass before Ginsberg's Howl ignited the explosion that would coalesce the disparate ideas, the sense of lifestyle, and the philosophical musings into a full-fledged literary movement.


mahmag  •  10 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)


"To be successful in society it is not enough to be stupid, one must also be well-mannered" Voltaire

nadia Anjoman by Mahnaz Badihian

mahmag  •  07 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (13)

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Nadia Anjuman

Afghan poet dies after battering

Nadia Anjoman had a cut to her head:
A well-known Afghan poet and journalist has died from her injuries after being beaten, police say.
Officers found the body of Nadia Anjuman, 25, at her home in the western city of Herat.

A senior police officer said her husband had confessed to hitting her during a row.


Hormoz Alipoor

mahmag  •  04 November, 2005  •  Leave comment (3)

hormoz alipoor

Hormoz Alipoor is a contemporary Iranian poet. He has published five collections of poetry.

He was one of the avant-garde poets of Iran between 1971- 1981.

This poem is from his collection ""Azure paper" selected and traslated by Pooya Azizi.

Harold Pinter wins Nobel prize in Literature

mahmag  •  31 October, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Friday, October 14, 2005
Famous Pinter Wins Nobel
Portrait of Harold Pinter by Justin Mortimer

Portrait of Harold Pinter by Justin Mortimer, 1992, National Portrait Gallery, London

Harold Pinter has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 75. His views and literature about the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq have garnered him much attention, awards and backlash. Amongst other causes, he has also been outspoken on behalf of the Kurds in Turkey, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and freedom of speech worldwide. Notably, in the UK one can still have a successful public career while opposing the government -- something that is very much not the case in the United States. In Pinter's case, you can also be openly anti-American:

poems by Mahnaz Badihian (Oba)

mahmag  •  27 October, 2005  •  Leave comment (2)

Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi Cover Image

From Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi
A voice from a road between East and West

Mahnaz Badihian (Oba)
cover design by Shirin Sadeghi

About the Book

From Zayandeh Rud to the Mississippi is a voice from East and West a voice so Romantic, Simple and Philosophical. Half of the poems were originally written in Persian and translated by the poet herself into English, the other half were originally written in English. Her work is the path that makes the poetry connection of these two cultures easier to navigate.


mahmag  •  27 October, 2005  •  Leave comment (5)


Nahid Sereshki was born in 1957 in Tehran.

In pictures: US civil rights movement

mahmag  •  27 October, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Rosa Parks

Mrs Parks' legacy

Mrs Parks died on 24 October 2005, aged 92.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said her legacy would never die.

shortest story

mahmag  •  29 September, 2005  •  Leave comment (0)

Author of shortest story: Monterroso won Spain's Asturias prize for literature
Augusto Monterroso

The Guatemalan writer, Augusto Monterroso, winner of Spain's Prince of Asturias literary prize - is credited with writing one of the world's shortest stories.

Proust Questionnare

jasonbrantley  •  17 August, 2005  •  Leave comment (3)

Marcel Proust
The young Marcel was asked to fill out questionnaires at two social events: one when he was 13, another when he was 20. Proust did not invent this party game; he simply responded to the questionnaires. At the birthday party of Antoinette Felix-Faure, the 13-year-old Marcel was asked to answer the following questions in the birthday book, and here's what he said:
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