Join us for an evening of discussion and readings from inspiring and magnificent works of Persian poets in our ongoing poetry night gatherings.
What happens on this Wednesday poetry night
7:00 pm – 7:15 pm: discussion about Shahnameh.
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Shahnameh reading and discussion+ Review of the story of siavash.
after 10 minutes break...
9:10 pm – 9:45 pm : free poetry reading and discussion.
What happened in the previous session: the story of siavash continues for this session too
Here are the links for the text. Please print and bring the pages with you. If you have the Shahnameh book, that works too
story of siavash 104
story of siavash 105
story of siavash 106
story of siavash 107
story of siavash 108
story of siavash 109
o This event won't be a class, a lecture, a recital, or a performance. Everyone helps create the event together.
o Not a forum for political / religious heated debates.
o This is a free event, so no admissions charge.
What to Bring
* Your own luminance.
* Interested friends.
* Printouts of the Shahnameh text or the book.
* Any poetry books that interest you, poems you like from poets you like, or your own poems if any
**Explaining Poetry Event**
Our goal is to study Iran's history and understand its culture through poetry. We examine poems line by line and look for hidden sociological messages.
For that, we read poems of Iranian current poets. People are encouraged to bring the poems they find interesting to discuss with others. It was brought to our attention that there are many great poets currently writing in Iran. We will be reading some of those poems. Also, poems of modern poets like Forough Farokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri, ... Will be read.
In Addition to that, since no person, and for that no culture can be understood without understanding its past, we will continue reading Shahnameh (The Epic of The Kings) , to unfold and unveil the mystery of Iran's previous generations who kept our culture alive despite all the misfortunes and hardships.
We believe in the power of the group. The meeting is directed with the help of all the attendees. We like to hear everyone's ideas and points of view. Everybody takes turn in reading a few lines of any poem and talking about the message and the meaning of those lines. There are always passionate and controversial, but very friendly conversations, that open our eyes to the new horizons and help us understand the material better. What makes the Poetry Night special is the people who attend it!
For more current poems, people can bring the poems that they like. Please feel free to bring the very current poems that you discover online, or the controversial poems from some modern poets like Forough, Sohrab, ... To share with others.
For Shahnameh, the pages to be covered in each event is assigned every week. People are asked to print the assigned pages from the provided link and bring them to the meetup location.
The Poetry meetup meets once a week on a Wednesday evening.