“For what was it about books that once finished left the reader in a bit of a haze and made them reread the last few sentences in order to continue the ringing in their hearts a while longer, so as not to let the silence illumine the fact that reading, they had gained something — distance, a lesson, a companion, a new world — but now, after the last full stop, they had lost something palpable and felt a little emptier than before.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Reading poetry is like undressing before a bath. You don’t undress out of fear that your clothes will become wet. You undress because you want the water to touch you. You want to completely immerse yourself in the feeling of the water and to emerge anew.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Think not of the fragility of life, but of the power of books, when mere words have the ability to change our lives simply by being next to each other.”

Kamand Kojouri

“All kinds of people read poetry: revolutionaries, scholars, sentimentalists etc. But above all else, lovers read poetry. Why? Because we fell in love. And then we fell in love with love.”

Kamand Kojouri

“If you write then you are reborn because by writing about the moment, you can relive it for a second time.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Sometimes a writer simply finds new ways of saying what has already been said because, ultimately, truth is unoriginal.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Maybe stories choose how they are told and who tells them.”

Kamand Kojouri

“People don’t remember lessons. They remember stories.”

Kamand Kojouri

“I write to understand what I know.”

Kamand Kojouri

“Oh, how scary and wonderful it is that words can change our lives simply by being next to each other.”

Kamand Kojouri