March 17, 2017
"Love After Love"
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Nobel laureate poet Derek Walcott had died aged 87 in St Lucia.
March 12, 2017
Kissing the Wine Jug
Mahsa Vahdat: Kissing the Wine Jug
لب بر لب کوزه بردم از غایت آز
تا زو طلبم واسطهٔ عمرِ دراز
لب بر لب من نهاد و میگفت به راز
می خور، که بدین جهان نمیآیی باز
Then to this earthen Bowl did I adjourn
My Lip the secret Well of Life to learn:
And Lip to Lip it murmur'd--"While you live,
Drink!--for once dead you never shall return."
از من رَمَقی به سعی ساقی ماندهاست
وَزْ صحبتِ خلق، بیوفاقی ماندهاست
از بادهٔ دوشین قَدَحی بیش نماند
از عمر ندانم که چه باقی ماندهاست
A last gasp remains in me thanks to the saki's care
And infidelity is all that remains in people
A mere cup remains from last night's wine
And what remains of my life, I do not know
February 16, 2017
Art imitates Life
A photo of plastic ewers (aftabeh) taken by my cousin in Shiraz and "Tehran Candella" by Scottish artist David Batchelor, a site-specific work at AB-ANBAR Gallery in Tehran.
February 10, 2017
Best cinematography Oscars
Best cinematography Oscars winners (1927-2016).
Emmanuel Lubezki won in the last three consecutive years for Gravity (2013), Birdman (2014), and The Revenant (2015).
February 08, 2017
Sohrab and Anselm
Trees by Sohrab Sepehri & Anselm Kiefer
"Tonight I must go!
I must take a suitcase
Big enough to contain my shirt of loneliness
And walk in a direction
Where epic-singing trees can be seen" ~ Sohrab Sepehri
February 02, 2017
Bruegel in Tehran
Tehran covered in snow & detail from The Hunters in the Snow, a 1565 oil-on-wood painting by Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
January 18, 2017
A good friend & Reflection (What Does your Soul Look Like?) by the painter Peter Doig.
January 03, 2017
Dulwich College by Pissarro
Dulwich College by Camille Pissarro 1871 and in 2017
January 01, 2017
Empty Regent Street
New Year's Day, 8 am in an empty Regent Street.
May all your red lights turn green in 2017!
December 19, 2016
December 16, 2016
Shiraz in winter & The Great Wave off Kanagawa