Photo by Mohsen Shandiz
A small tribute
June 21, 1999
The past few years have been difficult for 74-year-old Ahmad Shamlu.
Iran's greatest living poet and one of the most influential literary
figures of the century has been battling various health problems, some
associated with diabetes. In Mid-June he was hospitalized in Tehran mainly
because of mental fatigue, according to his family.
A few days earlier he was awarded Sweden highest prize for writers who
emphasize human rights and freedom of expression in their work. Here are
just a few of his poems:
o To, Derakht o Baarun
Kaash Aab Budam
Dar Fekr-e Aan Kalaagham
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