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PORTRAITS: Iranian-American poet Majid Naficy’s dramatic new bio-video-poem


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L.A.-based poet Majid Naficy near a portrait of his father.

Iranian American poet Majid Naficy narrates poetically the story of his inner and outer life in a dramatic new bio-video-poem in the Portraits series.  30 minutes | in Farsi with English subtitles

Eight paces from the gate

“… Eight paces from the gate.”


Portraits: Majid Naficy (English version))

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Majid Naficy was born in Iran in 1952. He published poetry, criticism and an award-winning children’s book in Iran. During the 1970’s Dr. Naficy was politically active against the Shah’s regime. After the 1979 Revolution, as the new regime began to suppress the opposition, his first wife, Ezzat Tabaian and his brother Sa’id were amongst the many to be executed. He fled Iran in 1983, eventually settling in Los Angeles with his son Azad. He has since published six volumes of poetry in both English and Farsi, as well as numerous books of criticism. His most recent volume of poetry in English, Father and Son, was published in 2003 by Red Hen Press and his poem “I Don’t Want You Petroleum” appears in Sam Hamill’s Poets Against the War (Thunder’s Mouth Press / Nation Books, April 2003). He holds a doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California in Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation, Modernism and Idealogy in Persian Literature: A Return to Nature in the Poetry of Nima Yushij (University Press of America), was published in 1997. Dr. Naficy is also the co-editor of Daftarhaye Kanoon, a periodical in Farsi published by the Iranian Writers Association in Exile.

Night (Persian | English)
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