Poetry in Context: Reza Farmand

She tiptoes around the stairs / deep in the thoughts of her patient’s vegetable and soup / but she is surrounded by a dark halo, she has died and yet remains so nurturing / in our lives, she wriggles everywhere / every corner of the house narrates her story / even in her funeral, she was immersed in her work / O my miserable mother! The stanza above is a free translation from the Persian, excerpted from a long poem by Mohammad Hossein Shahriar (1906-1988) published in Peyk (#118). The main character in Shahriar’s “mother-praising”…