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A piece of woman's clothing
How many years have passed
Since I've embraced a woman? >>> Persian
August 17, 2007

Ah, Los Angeles
I accept you as my city >>> Persian
July 25, 2007

On the Booksellers' Street of Baghdad
Written after the March 5, 2007 blast on the booksellers'
street named for Mutanabbi, the great Arab poet (915-65)
>>> Persian
May 2, 2007

Love in Persian literature
The Profile of Women in the Poetry of Ahmad Shamlu >>> Persian
March 13, 2007

Khosrow vs Farhad
Love in Persian literature >>> Persian
February 15, 2007

New York
Four post-9/11 poems >>> Persian
February 11, 2007

Coleman Barks and Rumi's Donkey
The essential problem lies in the fact that Barks intentionally changes Rumi, perhaps for the better, but at the expense of distortion and misrepresentation
December 13, 2006

My poem has the scent of Nadia [Persian]
In memory of Nadia Anjuman
December 7, 2005

Love is Stainless [Persian]
Seven poems
May 4, 2005

... or "Aash": One of the winners of California Council of Arts poetry contest
Aptil 24, 2005

Father and Fatherland
... in the poetry of Nima Yushij
February 4, 1998


Majid Naficy was born in Iran in 1952. His first collection of poems in Persian, In the Tiger's Skin, was published in 1969. One year later his book of literary criticism, Poetry as a Structure, appeared. In 1971 he wrote a children's book, The Secret of Words, which won a national award in Iran. In the seventies, Majid was politically active against the Shah's regime. After the 1979 Revolution, the new regime began to suppress the opposition, and many people, including his first wife Ezzat Tabaian and brother Sa'id were executed. He fled Iran in 1983 and spent a year and a half in Turkey and France. Majid then settled in Los Angeles where he lives with his son, Azad. He has since published eight collections of poems, After the Silence, Sorrow of the Border, Poems of Venice, Muddy Shoes (Beyond Baroque Books, 1999), Twelve Poems in Love: A Narrative, I Write to Bring You Back, Father & Son (Red Hen Press, 2003) and Galloping Gazelles as well as four books of essays In Search of Joy: A Critique of Death-Oriented, Male-Dominated Culture in Iran, Poetry & Politics and Twenty-Four Other Essays, The Best of Nima and I Am Iran Alone and Thirty-Five other Essays. He holds his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation, Modernism and Ideology in Persian Literature: A Return to Nature in the Poetry of Nima Yushij was published by University Press of America, Inc. in 1997. Majid Naficy is a co-editor of Daftarhaya Kanoon a Persian periodical published by Iranian Writers' Association in Exile.

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