Witness to the Day and Night: Writing from the Middle East

The Middle East has long since remained an expanse rich in culture and poetry, and as both are areas the Artful Dodge seeks to explore, in our issue number 12/13, published in the Fall of 1985, we featured several pieces of poetry and translations based on the the Middle East. Below is a verse, penned by Iraj, and translated from the Persian by Omar Pound. Accompanying image, found here, selected by Assistant Editor, Ananya Shrestha.

A Veiled Girl (ca. 1900) 

Pet onion

Image from VeteransToday

in your layers of veil and gown;

all beauty in one mirror, or

a turnip in a sack?

No matter where I look:

up or down,

you’re not my pet or sweet

or even a brown-skimmed bean —

wrapped in that black and purple skin

you are an aubergine.

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