Poetry at Sangam



Untitled by Peyman Vahabzadeh

Translated from Persian by Sholeh Wolpé
My father always said:
“Piss on all poetry;
                                          go after bread!”
I listened to the wisdom of that sage,
pissed on poetry
and went
                          after bread.
for thirty-five years
I’ve been eating bread
                        that tastes like piss.
(From The Forbidden, Poems from Iran and Its Exiles, Edited by Sholeh Wolpé, Michigan State University Press, 2012)
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