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Contemporary Persian Poems in Armenian

Contemporary Persian Poems in ArmenianContemporary Persian Poems in Armenian

A selection of Persian poems by contemporary Iranian poets was translated and published in Armenian, in a book titled ‘Diary of a Wistful Man.’

It includes 365 short Persian poems in addition to one extra, for the leap year, providing the reader with a poem for each day.

Edik Boghosian, Iranian-Armenian cartoonist and graphic designer, also translator and compiler of the newly published work, noted that the book has received positive feedback and is available in the Armenian book market, ISNA reported.

The collection aims at introducing and promoting contemporary Persian poets. “I used works by young post-Islamic Revolution poets of Iran for two reasons:  we belong to the same era, and to make Armenians familiar with the works of young Iranian poets.”

The book layout is attractive and the cover is hand colored, thematizing Iranian tiling art and decorated similar to ancient lithography.

Mohammad-Reza Shafiei-Kadkani, Mohammad Shams-Langeroodi, Qeysar Aminpour, Abbas Kiarostami, Nader Ebrahimi, Hossein Panahi, Rasoul Yunan, Garous Abdolmalekian, Baktash Abtin, Pouria Alami, Mehdi Latifi and Rouzbeh Sohani are young poets who have contributed to the book.

Boghosian, 43, was born in Tehran and graduated from the Fine Arts College. He does comic drawings, illustrations and graphic design and is currently working on illustrating seven books by Hovhannes Tumanyan, eminent Armenian author.

“It is well-known that Persian poetry is very rich.” As a person who has studied these works for many years, Boghosian said he wanted the Armenian reader to also have a chance to know Iran’s rich poetry.