Akhavan Sales (M. Omid)
I am Lonesome (Delam Tangast)
Ancient Land (Kohan Bum)
The Moment of Visiting
We welcome M.
Omid in IPC Hall of Poetic Fame. Mehdi Akhavan Sales (M. Omid),
the valuable Iranian poet have been granted an honorary IPC Author
position. We recognize him as a progressive artist and worthy enough
to officially become an IPC Author. M. Omid is now officially in
IPC Hall of Poetic Fame. Mehdi Akhavan Sales also known with his
famous alias "M. Omid" was born on 1928 in city of Mashhad,
province of Khorasan, Iran.
M. Omid's career
in poetry started in 1942. He started as a traditionalist and later
moved on into new realms and Modern Persian Poetry. M. Omid's work
is extremely symbolic. In a way he speaks indirect and in tongs.
His work is much epical and full of imagery. M. Omid's poetry is
very complex and deep. In fact he is one the deepest amongst the
free thinking poets of Iran. M. Omid and Ferdowsi are both from
Khorasan and Ferdowsi's influence on M. Omid's poetry is well known.
M. Omid was
a free spirit and a political activist. In those uneasy days of
1953 he was arrested and prisoned by the Imperial Regime. Laleh,
his daughter was born while he was in prison.
On 1956 he published
the 3rd volume of his poetry books. This was his greatest work named
"Zemestan" (Winter). Winter is about how people change!
One day pro Mosadeq and the next day pro Shah. One day they greet
you and the next day they will refuse to even respond to your hello!
M. Omid's work is very political but Winter is the most political
of his poems. Winter's Theme is about the suffocating environment
of the post 1953 Imperial Coup.
On 1957, after
his release from prison, he first started working in the national
radio, and then the national television with an assignment to province
of Khuzestan. Afterwards he taught art in the university.
After the 1979
he was granted the membership to the Iranian Academy of Artists
and Writers. On 1981 he was forced retire by IRI from his government
service without pay! On 1989 he released his patriotic masterpiece
"O You Ancient Land, I Love Thee (To ra Ey Kohan Bum O Bar
On 1990, following
an invitation from the cultural organization in Germany, for the
first time he traveled abroad. Few months after his return, he died
at Mehr Hospital of Tehran. M. Omid's tomb is on the mausoleum grounds
of the greatest Iranian Classical poet Abolqasem Ferdowsi Tusi in
city of Tus in province of Khorasan, Iran. M. Omid always respected
Ferdowsi and inspired by his work.
M. Omid Poetic
1951 - Organ (Arqanun)
1956 - Winter (Zemestan)
1959 - The Ending of Shahnameh
1965 - From This Avesta
1966 - The Hunt
1969 - Autumn in Prison
1969 - Love Lyrics and Azure (Aasheqaneha va Kabud), Best
Hope (Behtarin Omid)
1970 - Selected Poems (Gozide-ye Ash'ar)
1972 - I Saw Susa (Shush ra Didam!)
1976 - In Autumn's Small Yard at the Prison (Dar Hayat-e
Kuchak-e paiz dar Zendan), They Say that Ferdowsi
1977 - An Ancient Tree and the Forest (Derakhti Pir va Jangal)
1978 - Hell, but Cold (Duzakh Amma Sard), Life Dictates:
Still We Must Live (Zendegi Miguyad, Amma Baz Bayad Zist), And Now
a New Spring (Inak Bahar-i Digar), Fight on, O Hero (Bejang, Ey
1989 - O You Ancient Land, I Love Thee (To ra Ey Kohan Bum
O Bar Dust Daram)
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