“The pure sound of the azan is heard
the pure sound of the azan
is like the righteous hands of a man
who plucks from my healthy roots
the feeling of growing distant, getting lost,
becoming an island,
and I walk toward a great prayer”
—Tahereh Saffarzadeh, from “The Conquest Is Not Complete” (1967), excerpted in the article Tahereh Saffarzadeh: From the Wasteland to the Imam* by Leonardo P. Alishan, 1982.