“When you left,
poetry visited me.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Writing poems
is simply an excuse
to remember You.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Every book has to wait for the right time to be read and understood.”

Kamand Kojouri

“We are told that in translation there is no such thing as equivalence. Many times the translator reaches a fork in the translating road where they must make a choice in the interpretation of a word. And each time they make one of these choices, they are taken further from the truth. But what we aren’t told is that this isn’t a shortcoming of translation; it’s a shortcoming of language itself. As soon as we try to put reality into words, we limit it. Words are not reality, they are the cause of reality, and thus reality is always more. Writers aren’t alchemists who transmute words into the aurous essence of the human experience. No, they are glassmakers. They create a work of art that enables us to see inside to help us understand. And if they are really good, we can see our own reflections staring back at us.”

Kamand Kojouri

“I am going to build a fortress of books.
Will you come inside and live with me?”

Kamand Kojouri

“I write because the security of your love allows me to develop my craft without concerning myself with trivialities — as if your love could be any more complete. But I write, in the first place, because of you, my muse. I write for your green eyes to glance at my humble words and for the pleasure of hearing you utter them.”

Kamand Kojouri

“There is no revelation in my words. I am merely stating what others have forgotten to write down.”

Kamand Kojouri

“It is a dangerous thing to substitute reading or writing for living. Live first, then write.”

Kamand Kojouri

“She might not have read many books. But when she reads a book, she swallows the very words. If you open the books on her shelves, you will find that the front and back covers encase white pages.”

Kamand Kojouri

“I became an artist because I wanted to be an active participant in the conversation about art.”

Kamand Kojouri