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Aria Fani


Reading Poetry in Tehran: The Case of the Forbidden

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Sholeh Wolpé, The Forbidden: Poetry from Iran and Its Exiles. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2012.  La redonda, suprema y celestial sandía Es la fruta del árbol de la sed Es la ballena verde del verano At a Chilean food market in Santiago, a young fruit vendor hums verses in praise of watermelons: “Watermelon: round, supreme and celestial / it’s the fruit of the tree of thirst / it’s the green whale of summer.” The poem’s eloquent simplicity ...

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Aria Fani


Aria Fani holds a degree in Comparative Literature. He has taught Persian in San Diego and English in México. He currently studies literatures of the Near East at the University of California, Berkeley.