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Fog Song

آواز مه
by Garous Abdolmalekian
Translated from Persian by
Idra Novey & Ahmad Nadalizadeh

بلیت قطار را پاره م یکنم

و با آخرین گله ی گوز ن ها

به خانه برمی گردم


آن قدر شاعرم

!که شاخ هایم شکوفه داده است

و آوازم

:چون مهی بر دریاچه می گذرد

شلیک هر گلوله خشمی است

که از تفنگ کم می شود

سینه ام را آماده کرد ه ام

.تا تو مهربان تر شوی



I rip up my train ticket

and with the last herd of deer

return home.


I am so much a poet

that my antlers have blossomed

and my song

passes across the lake like fog:

Shooting each bullet is a rage

released with a shotgun.

I have prepared the trunk of my body

for the possibility of your kindness.




From Lean Against This Late Hour by Garous Abdolmalekian, to be published on April 14, 2020 by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2020 by Garous Abdolmalekian. Translation copyright © 2020 by Idra Novey and Ahmad Nadalizadeh.

Garous Abdolmalekian was born in 1980, days after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War, and lives in Tehran. He is the author of five poetry books and the recipient of the Karnameh Poetry Book of the Year Award and the Iranian Youth Poetry Book Prize. His poems have been translated into Arabic, French, German, Kurdish, and Spanish. Abdolmalekian is presently the editor of the poetry section at Chesmeh Publications in Tehran and the executive editor of publications at the Youth Poetry Office in Iran.
Idra Novey is a novelist, poet, and translator. She is the award-winning author of the novels Those Who Knew and Ways to Disappear. Her work has been translated into ten languages and she's translated numerous authors from Spanish and Portuguese, most recently Clarice Lispector. For her poetry and translation she has received awards from the PEN Translation Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Ahmad Nadalizadeh is a translator from the Persian and PhD candidate in comparative literature at the University of Oregon.