The Oasis of Now (Paperback)

The Oasis of Now By Sohrab Sepehri, Kazim Ali (Translator), Mohammad Jafar Mahallati (Translator) Cover Image
By Sohrab Sepehri, Kazim Ali (Translator), Mohammad Jafar Mahallati (Translator)
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First U.S. publication of one of Iran's most important contemporary poets. This edition includes an essay/introduction by Kazim Ali.

About the Author


Sohrab Sepehri: Sohrab Sepehri was born in 1928 on a journey between Kashan, his family's home, and Qum. An acclaimed painter, Sepehri published numerous volumes during his lifetime and traveled widely throughout the world, including Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, China and Japan, the United States and South America. Many of his poems were influenced by his relationship with nature, and his studies of Eastern philosophy and visual arts and were often composed in a cadence similar to spoken language, considered a radical innovation at the time. Sepehri died in 1980 and in Iran is considered to be one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. Kazim Ali: Kazim Ali was born in the UK to Muslim parents of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent. His books include four volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, the mixed genre Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities and Sky Ward. He has also published two novels Quinn's Passage and The Disappearance of Seth, two collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence in the University of Michigan Press Poets on Poetry series and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is the translator of a volume of poetry by Sohrab Sepehri and the novel L'Amour by Marguerite Duras. Recently he edited the essay collection Jean Valentine: This-World Company. In addition to being associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and founding editor of Nightboat Books, he teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program and is a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor. Mohammad Jafar Mahallati: Jafar Mahallati is Presidential Scholar in the Religion Department of Oberlin College. He served as Iran's ambassador to the United Nations from 1987-1989 and was instrumental in brokering a peace agreement between Iran and Iraq. His scholarship focuses on cross-cultural concepts of friendship.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938160226
ISBN-10: 1938160223
Publisher: BOA Editions
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Lannan Translations Selection