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Bust of poet Qeisar Aminpur unveiled in Tehran
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A bunch of flowers left by officials is seen at the foot of a bust of poet Qeisar Aminpur after the unveiling ceremony on December 2, 2013. (IRNA/Hassan Chapi)
A bunch of flowers left by officials is seen at the foot of a bust of poet Qeisar Aminpur after the unveiling ceremony on December 2, 2013. (IRNA/Hassan Chapi)
TEHRAN – A bust of contemporary poet Qeisar Aminpur (1958-2007) was unveiled in Tehran’s Saadatabad neighborhood during a ceremony on Monday.
 
The bust was situated at the square which has been named after Aminpur, Persian media reported on Tuesday.
 
Tehran City Council Chairman Ahmad Masjed-Jamei along with a group of contemporary poets including Soheil Mahmudi and Iranian Poets’ Society Director Fatemeh Rakei attended the event.
 
Speaking at the ceremony, Masjed-Jamei said that the bust has been made to be seen, “but I’m not sure if this bust would be seen amid all these tableaus and colors.”
 
“Qeisar always refused to be highlighted. He even refused to have a square named after him in Kermanshah, but now, he is more eternal and more significant compared to any other figures,” he added.
 
He continued, “Qeisar was the poet of Iran, the poet of rituals and all these demonstrate his Iranian character and culture, which has made him an enduring figure.”
 
He emphasized the importance of continuing to name streets and squares after Iranian luminaries, hoping that busts of other figures would find their ways onto streets.
 
Mahmudi next made a brief speech and expressed his happiness over the installation of Qeisar’s bust, adding that this process must be expanded to include other prominent figures.
 
Sculptor Hossein Ali Asgari gave a few details about the sculpture and said that he focused on the character and poetry of Qeisar in designing the bust. “I made use of a kaffiyeh around his neck as the symbol of his poetry with the central theme of Sacred Defense (1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war).
 
Qeisar Aminpur was born in 1958 in the southern Iranian city of Dezful. After obtaining his high school diploma in Dezful he moved to Tehran where he continued his education. He received a doctorate from the University of Tehran in 1997.
 
From 1988 he became the editor in chief of the young adult’s magazine Sorush. He was also a professor at the University of Tehran and Alzahra University. He resigned from editorship of Sorush in 2002 when he became a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature.
 
His collections of poetry include “The Respiration of Morning”, “In the Sun’s Alley”, “Poetry of the 10th Day’s Noon”, “Sudden Mirrors”, “All Flowers are All Sunflowers” and “The Grammar of Love”.
 
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