Monday, September 3, 2018

Helen Keller

 I learned through art that we can always overcome any problems!

"The name Helen Keller is known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, yet she was much more than a symbol. She was a woman of luminous intelligence, high ambition and great accomplishment who devoted her life to helping others."

"At only 19 months old, illness left Keller blind and deaf. Yet she went on to become a powerful advocate for disability rights, women's suffrage and racial equality in the US. Her legacy is one of resilience and unshakable courage while her charity, Helen Keller international, founded in 1915, remains active across the world."

Anne Sullivan was an American teacher, best known for being the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

To Prisoners

To Prisoners

I call for you cultivation of strength in the dark.
Dark gardening
in the vertigo cold.
in the hot paralysis.
Under the wolves and coyotes of particular silences.
Where it is dry.
Where it is dry.
I call for you
cultivation of victory Over
long blows that you want to give and blows you are going to get.
what wants to crumble you down, to sicken
you. I call for you
cultivation of strength to heal and enhance
in the non-cheering dark,
in the many many mornings-after;
in the chalk and choke.

Fernando Pessoa

I first was introduced to Fernando Pessoa by Alain Tanner's film: "Requiem"in 1998.

 Mesmerized by Pessoa's character and the poetic content, I eagerly read his poems and prose, the three books which were available at the time. I translated some of his poems into Persian and wrote an article about him.Two months ago I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, just to visit his house, the museum and feel him in the streets of Lisbon.

“Fifteen years after “In the White City,” vet Swiss director Alain Tanner returns to Portugal with an adaptation of Italo writer Antonio Tabucchi’s “Requiem.” The film, like the novel, is a salute to Portuguese scribe Fernando Pessoa, who appears as a mysterious character in this quiet, unhurried work that is dominated by literary concerns. Meticulously shot, heavy on atmosphere and 100% cerebral, pic is highly recommended for book lovers but offers little to rouse the enthusiasm of even art house regulars unless they are planning a trip to Lisbon.”

Read about the poet:

Discontinuous Poems
By Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)
Translated by Edouard Roditi
The frightful reality of things
Is my everyday discovery.
Each thing is what it is.
How can I explain to anyone how much
I rejoice over this, and find it enough?

To be whole, it is enough to exist.