In the evenings
Amidst the shade of the olive trees
And the tender whispers of breezes,
On my white sheet of paper,
I would never give up the loneliness of my pen
Which challenges the logic of the world.
Not for the shadow of a state’s flag,
Nor for a woman’s voice,
Nor for the breath of my own child,
Not even for you, God,
Forgive me.


Vagif Samadoglu (1939-2015, Baku) written in 1982




Cover: Bunny Rogers, still from Poetry reading in Columbine Library with Joan of Arc, 2014, animated film, 20 min. Image courtesy the artist and Société, Berlin. On show at Yarat, until January 9, 2016 in the exhibition The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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