شب / Night

Majid Naficy was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1952.  His first wife Ezzat Tabaian and his brother Sa’id were executed after the revolution.  He fled Iran in 1983, eventually settling in Los Angeles with his son Azad.  This video was brought online by the Translation Project on 17 July 2007.  This poem — as well as two other poems by Naficy, “Narcissus Flower” and “To a Snail” — is included in Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians around the World (ed. Niloufar Talebi).  Naficy’s most recent book of poetry is Father & Son (Red Hen Press, 2003).  His latest poems can be read at