The very first poetry from inside the pro-
This explosive issue blows the cover on secrets that the fundamentalist regime
has been hiding for years. These poets have endured prison and torture-
for freedom and human dignity. This issue is of such international importance that it will soon be published as a book, The Forbidden, by Michigan State University Press.
The issue also displays the breathtaking range of Iranian and Persian poetry,
from delightful humor to passionate love to mystic ecstasy. Included are FIVE new
Rumi translations by Coleman Barks, who has made this ancient Persian mystic America’s
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This issue of Atlanta Review is dedicated to the memory of
who on June 20th, 2009, while at a demonstration in Tehran
protesting the vote-
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was targeted and shot in the heart by a Basiji.
The name “Neda” in Persian means “The call.”
I Am Neda
Leave the Basiji bullet in my heart,
fall to prayer in my blood,
and hush, father-
I am not dead.
More light than mass,
I flood through you,
breathe with your eyes,
stand in your shoes, on the rooftops,
in the streets, march with you
in the cities and villages of our country
Shouting through you, with you.
I am Neda-
A Taste of