A Poet’s Meditations on Inspiration and Hope

Dec 21, 2019

A poem arrives like a hand in the dark. Who knows where inspiration comes from, and where it goes. I submit that even artists don’t — at least not yours truly. After something of a dry patch, where I began to refer to myself as an “ex-writer,” I find that I'm writing poetry, again:...

Charles Bernstein: Poetry in Solidarity with the Iranian People

Mar 15, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to renowned American poet and literary scholar Charles Bernstein. Strangulating economic sanctions are no novelty for the Iranian people, who have borne the brunt of international embargoes for almost four decades now. The United States...

Octavio Paz: Translating the Universe

Jun 02, 2018

If a poet is said to translate the language of the universe, Octavio Paz offered a refined epitome of such a transaction. For a man who did not relish writing, Mexico's most renowned poet, Octavio Paz, simply savored and enjoyed its result, be it plaudits, or brickbats. He never used the good...

Afghanistan: The Stolen Tale of Khorasan

Feb 22, 2017

Afghanistan's Khorasan region is often associated with war and social conservatism, yet it has a rich history of religious tolerance and a passion for art. Whether known to be the graveyard of empires or the land of lions, Afghanistan has always been perceived as the motherland of fearless,...

Iran’s Radical Poetry in the Making

Feb 07, 2017

A radical poetry movement in Iran breaks rules and challenges censorship. For several years before my immigration to the Czech Republic, I had experienced something like living in Prague. The experience was extremely similar to Milan Kundera’s and Klima’s description of the city because our...