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House Arrest

by Hasan Alizadeh

Translated & introduced by
Kayvan Tahmasebian
& Rebecca Ruth Gould

Notwithstanding his spare output, with only two volumes of poetry – Diary of House Arrest (Ruznama-ye tab‘id, 2003) and Blue Bicycle (Ducharkha-yi ābī, 2015) – to his name, Iranian poet Hasan Alizadeh has left a poetic signature on modern Persian poetry, distinguished by lyricism and colloquialism. In Alizadeh’s poems, a labyrinthine memory, structured by the intricate architecture of old Iranian bazaars and mosques, continually revises itself in spontaneous narrations of love and death. With an informative introduction placing the poet’s work in context, this evocative translation brings Alizadeh’s two collections into English for the first time.

“HASAN ALIZADEH is far from being
a prolific poet and neither at first sight
does he fit within any mainstreams
of modern Iranian poetry. And yet
there is a very delicate simplicity, a
labyrinth of exact, solid language and
a sort of genuinely lyrical Sufism that
brings an unexpectedly intense charge
to his language and that streams right
through his words.

As more and more contemporary
Iranian poetry comes to be translated,
we are lucky to have Alizadeh’s rare
poems in such sharp and insightful
versions as Kayvan Tahmasebian and
Rebecca Ruth Gould have provided.”


ISBN: 9781910345788
Published August 2022

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