‘Prison Poems’ Poetry Reading at Asia Bookroom

An evening of poetry was held on Wednesday 28th May at Asia Bookroom to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of the Yaran, the seven leaders of the Baha’i community in Iran.

Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven Baha’i leaders serving a 20 year sentence in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison, is the author of Prison Poems, an anthology written in her prison cell, and carefully smuggled out on pieces of paper. These poems testify to the courage and the despair, the misery and the hopes of thousands of Iranians struggling to survive conditions of extreme oppression.

They have been adapted from the Persian by author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani who has maintained the tone of the original words which tell of homesickness and the suffering of her fellow prisoners but which also tell of optimism and hope for the future. Above all they testify to the strength of the human spirit.

Several of Sabet’s poems were presented by Adelaide poet Dr Roshanak Amrein, who also read from her own books, One Million Flights and Songs from a Far Island.

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