A Poem by Alireza Roshan


Alireza Roshan [ علیرضا روشن ]

Translated by Gary Gach

Art by Fariba Hajamadi


A child is shot in the street & dies

Her mother is home washing clothes

& suddenly becomes young

& grows younger & younger

She becomes a girl

A childless girl


Spring / Summer 2023
The Iran Issue

Alireza Roshan

Alireza Roshan (born 1977) is the author of several books of poetry and fiction, all as yet unpublished in English, including The Book of Absence, Busy, Cage Poetry, Fade, Leyli’s Shadow, A Little Book of Love Poetry, Moonstone, The Point & Other Stories, Suwayda, and We. He resides in Hamburg.

Gary Gach

Gary Gach (born 1947) teaches Zen Buddhism at the University of San Francisco. His translations include Flowers of a Moment (BOA Editions, 2015) by Ko Un, co-translated with Brother Anthony and Young-moo Kim. He dwells on Ohlone Ramaytush lands, in the City of Saint Francis.

Fariba Hajamadi

Fariba Hajamadi (b. Esfahan, Iran) lives and works in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She received her BFA from Western Michigan University and her MFA from CalArts. Since 1982, Hajamadi has made work that investigates displacement, loss, trauma, tragedy, war, culture, and gender identity. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally and is included in prestigious collections worldwide.

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