Three Poems

 Bijan Jalali; translated from the Persian by Hamed Kashani and Gary Gach

Farsi poem 1

when you look
a flower
is all that is

to me
are the eyes
of the earth
regarding us
with bright surprise




Farsi poem 2

a word
     as yet
it's whiter
            than paper




Farsi poem 3

how each branch
                        of a tree
seeks its own path
                           in space
        any other





Bijan Jalali (1928–99) was among a movement of poets who broke away from strict classical Persian poetry and spearheaded a simple, brief, verse, known as sepid (white) poetry. His works include Days, Our Hearts and the World, The Color of Water, Play of Light, and Dailies.

Hamed Kashani is an Iranian poet and translator. He is a member of poetry workshops at the Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture in Tehran and hosts Friends of the Garden, with Gary Gach.

Gary Gach has published nine books, and his work has appeared in European Judaism, Inquiring Mind, The New Yorker, Yoga Journal, and the anthology Language for a New Century.

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