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The Iranian poet, Reza Baraheni says that "Perhaps one could say that poetry is the most obscure thing that ever existed."

Let us reflect on the obscure nature of poetry in modern times. I would like to start with a personal experience. A few days back I had to apply for a tourist visa to Europe. I filled out the visa form in this manner; Profession - poet, and Reason for Travel- poetry reading. The girl at the visa counter looked puzzled; maybe she couldn't think of writing poetry as a profession. In the present day world, poetry has become just a part time hobby. One has to be teacher, doctor or something else before being a poet. Those days are gone when the job of a poet was a highly regarded one, and poets commanded respect in society. Today, a person can be a full time player, dancer, artist or politician, but cannot be a full time poet.

Every other branch of art seems to be lucrative, a painter for instance can sell his paintings for a substantial amount of money, but poetry cannot feed a poet. It burns away the poet's heart, and takes away his/her money.

Coming to Reza Baraheni's statement, I don't think that he means this when he says that poetry is the most obscure thing that ever existed. Maybe he was pointing a finger at both the ambiguity that exists in poems and the fact that poetry and the profession of the poet is more or less incomprehensible to many

In this issue, Maryam Ala Amjadi, a young Irani poet tells us about the cruelty against poetry in her article on Persian poetry. She says that the revolutionary lips of the poet, Farrokhi Yazdi (1887-1939) were sewed together with needle and thread by the order of the governor of Yazd and yet, the inhumanity of this act did not stop him from keeping his pen in constant motion. Does this act explain the obscurity of poetry?

I don't think that we can get a readymade reply for this question; we are entering the fifth year of our poetic journey in search of poetry and various questions related to poetry.

In this issue we have compiled a number of Persian poems with the help of Maryam Ala Amjadi. Persian poetry talks about pain and silence - silence, which talks a lot. We could not declare this issue as a special one dedicated to Persian poetry, as we have voices from different part of world in the section Poetry in Our Time. We are sure we will bring out a special Persian issue of Kritya.

The paintings in this issue are by Meena Chopra, who is also a poet. My best wishes to all readers of Kritya on this successful fifth year of our poetic expedition.

well every one to the first issue of fifth volume of the kritya

 Rati Saxena

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