Note from the Editor*
Despite the Islamic Republic Iran's use of any and all available methods to quell dissent—including propaganda poems, novels and films—in a country that even the uneducated bricklayers recite poems by heart, the voice of the poets cannot be silenced. Like rain it will seep into every crevice and feed the seedlings. In Iran's Green Movement we see signs of saplings that have broken through pavements and are growing fast in the streets and squares. Anthologies such as this empower these saplings. This power does not just come from their fellow Iranians, rather it comes from all human beings in every corner of the world; it comes from readers like you who allow in your lives the transformative power of literature.
Levantine Review presents you with five poems from this rich and diverse anthology, by Rasoul Younan, Granaz Mousavi,Reza Baraheni, Persis Karim and Sheida Mohammadi. Go to poems.
* Sholeh Wolpé is poetry editor of the Levantine Review and The Forbidden
List of poets presented in The Forbidden:
Ahmad Reza Ahmadi
Maryam Ala Amjadi