Wasef Bakhtari

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Wasef Bakhtari
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Wasef Bakhtari (born 1942 in Balkh, Afghanistan) is a renowned Persian poet, literary figure and intellectual.

Even though his father was from Kabul, he spent most of his childhood in Mazari Sharif. He attended Bakhtar School for his primary and for most of his secondary education. After his family moved to Kabul He finished Habibia High School in 1965. Wasef Bakhtari holds a BA degree in Persian literature from Kabul University. He did his graduate studies in the U.S. and received a masters degree in education from Columbia University in 1976. In 1996 Bakhtari, then a professor of literature at Kabul University, and his wife Noriajan were forced to flee Afghanistan because of the... more »

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Calamity

Like burning firewood, I writhe in pain

At the tragic Fate of the pomegranate grain

Whoever attempts their release

From the grip of the shell, membrane and crease

First holds them in a vice-like squeeze

And then when the job is done

Eats them up with relish, one by one

Wasef Bakhtari
Kabul, 1972

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