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We need to review our identity: Poet Shams Langerudi

TEHRAN, Sept. 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- "We need a national movement of reviewing our identity", said poet Shams Langerudi during the ceremony introducing his book.

The second volume of the book "Shams Langerudi" (Oral History of Iran's Contemporary Literature) was introduced in a ceremony held at the venue of Tehran's Salis Publications on Thursday.

A group of poets, writers, translators, and literary figures including poet Ahmadreza Ahmadi, writer and critic Fereshteh Sari, and poet and translator Ahmad Puri attended the ceremony.

Ahmadi was the first who made the opening speech and said, "One of the attractive features of the book is that Shams has not lied about the subject. Wherever he has been influenced by the poetry of Ahmad Shamlu or others, he has frankly mentioned this in his work."

Sari was the next who continued, "Much to my surprise, this book attracted me like a novel. The chapter narrating his childhood is written using very romantic and mysterious language and I see traces of his childhood in many of his poems that he spent in the northern region of Iran. He also shows how he was inspired by the works of French poets in his adulthood."

Ahmad Puri also expressed his interest in reading books about poets, writers and world intellectuals, and said, "I read the book very carefully and I will read it once again. Shams is, and will remain one of the great and enduring poets. The reason is that throughout his life, he hasn't chosen a rival to compete with his poetry. He has sacrificed almost everything for his poetry and lived as a poet all his life."

Ahmadi also noted that he has experienced many memorable occasions with Shams and called him a very sensitive poet, a proficient satirist, and of course, a very melancholic person.

Shams Langerudi also made a short speech about his book and said, "History is a spoiled thing. Everyone who has written about it has been victorious and those who have been defeated are not able to speak. Of course, the situation is gradually getting better. The concept of oral history belongs to the society where transparency exists, but in a dishonest and corrupted society, all would say 'we were good and made no problems'. I sometimes tell myself I wish even this history had not been written at all."

He continued saying that Iranians don't have a habit of taking notes and that is one of the reasons why history has not been recorded, adding, "when we don't take notes, it is natural that we forget half of our memoirs, and since we allow ourselves to be deluded, we remake the other half. In addition, we also oppose history and at any given time, we invent new things, after we have obliterated our previous actions. One of the essential things we must do is to review ourselves," he concluded.

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