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Walking with the Wind Read & download à 0 Oetry Of interest to enthusiasts of cinema and literature alike Walking with the Wind the second volume in Harvard Film Archive's series Voices and Visions in Film sheds light on a contemporary master who transforms simple fragments of reality into evocative narrative landscape. For years nowI have been suspendedbetween the seasonslike a blade of straw

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Walking with the Wind Read & download à 0 The translators noted Persian literature scholars Ahmad Karimi Hakkak and Michael Beard contribute an illuminating introduction to Kiarostami's poetic enterprise examining its relationship to his uniue cinematic corpus and to the traditions of classic and contemporary Persian p. kind of overwhelming sense of solitude in his poems I arrive aloneI drink aloneI laugh aloneI cry aloneI m leaving alone

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Walking with the Wind Read & download à 0 This bilingual edition of recent verse by the celebrated Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami award winning director of such films as Close Up and Taste of Cherry includes English translations of than two hundred crystalline haiku like poems together with their Persian originals. WALKING WITH THE WIND THE POETRY OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMIMy encounters with the world Abbas Kiarostami have hitherto been restricted to his films But this book of poetry has shown me a different side of this creative genius considered as one of the giants of World cinema Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami s films Close Up Life and Nothing More Through the Olive Trees Taste of Cherry winner of the 1997 Palme d Or at Cannes and Ten have taken their place alongside the masterworks of world cinema He has produced a body of work that is as rooted in contemporary Iran as it is universal in appeal The Jean Luc Godard has said Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami According to Martin Scorsese Kiarostami represents the highest level of artistry in the cinema Kiarostami s cinematic style is such that he is able to capture the essence of Persian poetry and create poetic imagery within the landscape of his films In several of his movies such as Where is the Friend s Home and The Wind Will Carry Us classical Persian poetry such as from Omar Khayyam is directly uoted in the film highlighting the artistic link and intimate connection between them This in turn reflects on the connection between the past and present between continuity and change Considering the austere poetic appeal of all his films it is perhaps no wonder that he chose to pen down his observations perhaps seedlings for his movies in short haiku like poems capturing the immediacy of visual images Wind that Carry with us is a windfall for all haiku lovers The book is beautifully translated Bilingual by Ahmad Karimi Hakkak and Michael Beard and carries a fine introduction as wellPoetry has been intrinsic part of Persian tradition and having made a ten day tour of Iran last year I may even say that every Iranian bears the look of a poet or an artist In a city like Isfahan I saw on many occasions youngsters gathering beneath the Khaju bridge to recite poetry The mystic tradition of Persian poetry is well known from the works of the illustrious poets like Hafiz Omar Khayam and Rumi The poetic form of Haiku to concretize the evanescent impressions of the natural world therefore must have seemed apropos to this poet cum film director Honestly I enjoyed reading Kiarostami s Persian versions of Haikus better than any collection of Japanese Haiku poetry that I have come across in recent times Abbas Kiarostami s soul rhymes with nature His poetry which draws out the beauty of nature even in hideous places and objects strikingly resonates with the essence of all things Here he reminds me of the great French poet Francis Ponge There is a deep involvement of the film maker with even the minute movements of flora and fauna around him The vignettes he unveil in this collection are acutely visual and are a reflection of his inner cosmos Only a poet who is ultra sensitive to the surrounds can observe the mundane and metamorphose it into majestic The observer and the observed becomes one The journey of fresh water trout unaware of its eventual fall in salt waters a nameless flower timidly opening in the cracks of a mountain a thunder that shuts the bark of a dog the wind that wavers upon a leaf whether it should let it fall a patch of snow left as a souvenir of winter reflection of a worn out sickle in the moonlight a spider pausing its work to view sunrise a drop of sunlight falling into the petals of the first blossom in the spring a nun caressing a silk fabric the images in this volume of poetry are splendorous stunning and revelatory It puts us to shame our incapacity to remain alive to what we see and fail to ponder The reader encounters not dazzling diction but rather artless austere phrases that make use of a great body of imagery The serene nonchalant and often profoundly philosophical language of haiku allows the poet to swiftly touch on the core of the universal human condition love despair sufferings apathy death Let me illustrate the beauty of his verses citing some examplesHow merciful that the turtle doesn t seethe little bird s effortless flightIn knowing or perhaps in seeing lies our pain The above poem can be viewed from three different angles the human observer s turtle s and the bird s Perhaps the poet wants to remind us about our impossible desires that are sometimes obviated by our mode of existence I liked the way he combines space vision and universal laws to perfect this beautiful poemCorrespondences and contrasts are a recurring theme in several poems Here are few examplesA white foal emerges through the fogand disappearsin the fogThe comparison in the above poem and the one I have uoted below makes us aware of its subtle shadesthat distinguishes the presence from the absenceWhite of a pigeonerased in white clouds a snowy day Look at another poem where the colour contrast acuires sombre overtones Yellow violetsviolet violetstogetherand apart How beautifully the poet in a few lines demonstrates the togetherness and separation by comparing and contrasting colours One can sense the power of discrimination even racial deeply in this poemThe train shrieksand comes to a halta butterfly sleeps on the railThe contrast between the roaring train and the sleeping butterfly is powerfully evoked in the above poem It also underscores the power of our will to change the world if only the strong had the will to protect the weak The poem is a brilliant metaphor for what the world should be and I really wish all the Heads of the Nations read this simple verse In the assembly of black clad mournersthe childgazes boldly at a persimmonThe above one beautifully contrasts a mournful moment and gently reminds us not to flout the joy gleaming at us elsewhere Here is another poignant one where the poet compares a general snowy landscape on a graveyard with three particular graves that still seem to carry the warmth of the youths deceasedThe graveyardis covered overwith snowOnly on three tombstonesis the snow melting all three youngThe haiku that follows carries all the tensions of a decisive act The doer pauses for a moment and how important is that fleeting flash thought for the bird for him and for the rest of usTrembling handsan arrow drawn tightmoment of releasefor the birdSometimes the thing that may sound logically true as in the case of a leaf falling on its own shadow can be arrestingly beautiful as our fortunately unscientific mind is not ready to accept it In ignorance lies the beauty of our vision Autumn afternoona syca leaffalls softlyand restson its own shadowKiarostami is a film director who wrote poems through camera These haiku like poems from him illuminate the transient often unobserved world around us As the translators conclude in their introduction Habitually nonchalantly Kiarostami combines the supple lexicon of the Persian language with the vast aesthetic potential of Persian poetry to make that august tradition new Characteristically he throws the spotlight on the object of observation rather than on the perceiving mind to keep our attention fixed on the poetic nature of our world In this way his poetry embodies and exhibits the most abiding concerns of the entire tradition the structure of the ineffable those relations that cannot be reduced to human logic like the enigma of a dog s fidelity the bitterness of truth the puzzle of poverty in the midst of plenty The poems in this book often acknowledge and celebrate the presence of mystery in our midst I wholeheartedly recommend this collection to even the readers who have no serious interests in poetry PS In case you are unaware of the cinema of Abbas Kiarastomi here are two reviews of his films that I had written as part of a series of My hundred favorite films