Sally Zakariya's poems have appeared in more than 60 print and online journals and won prizes from Poetry Virginia and the Virginia Writers Club. She is the author, most recently, of When You Escape (Five Oaks Press, 2016), as well as Insectomania (2013) and Arithmetic and other verses (2011), and the editor of a poetry anthology, Joys of the Table (2015).

Also by Sally Zakariya: When You Escape Insectomania Arithmetic

Sally Zakariya

The Iranian Artist Explains

for Bahman Pamani Everything starts from zero, he says. We start with nothing but an urge and then a bare duality of dot and line of black and white of sound and silence. Consider the sequence of creation — note measure melody letter word text. Calligraphy and music — he joins them for us here in the gallery. Listen to this line from Rumi, he says pointing to a piece beside him on the wall singing the long sweet glide of one letter the round note of another. Outside the August air trembles with storm. Thunder cracks, lightning flares. There is meditation in the practice, he says in the daily repetition of pen on paper. There is spirit in the work, he says, and the skies reply, showering down on the eager earth.

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