Queer Iranian love poems from an expat writer in Italy.
Drawing extensively on Iranian poetic traditions and the history of their reception in English translation, Feast of the Ass presents a series of verses that play in the fields of love poetry’s address. Khajavi irreverently ruffles the “classical grandeur & quiet dignity” of inherited forms in order to consider the poet’s relationship to death, literature, race, religion, and sexuality, his “queer shoulder / set not to the wheel—so long, Solon!—but turned on to some bolder / axon.”
Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies.
"Khajavi writes convivial queer occasional poems in classical Persian forms, smuggling countertradition inside a tradition that is already smuggling a countertradition— one of the most subversively “traditional” poets I’ve worked with." — Joyelle McSweeney
Jahan Khajavi (born 1986 in Fresno, California) is an Iranian-American poet who lives in Rome and hosts the weekly reading Suddenly Every Wednesday.
Author City: Rome ITA