4 poems by Sam Vaseghi – from ”The Book of Instances”




With ‘doubt’,

one is born

from the first



with ‘faith’


Thus doubt thy faith.



The very substance

of all human beings


‘longing for belonging’.


Never ever underestimate

its power.



3 #



mirrors our

imperfect longing

for artificial perfectness.


Thus righteousness

is always questionable.

4 #


The intention

to do ‘good’

can be falsified,

if the intuition

to do ‘good’






Sam Vaseghi was born 1967 in Teheran, living his early childhood in Teheran and Stuttgart (Germany). 1973 he returned with his parents to Iran, where he lived until 1983. In this time he experienced the late dictatorship period of the Shah, the revolution 1979 and the first years of the Iran-Iraq war. 1983 he returned to Germany and completed his studies in Stuttgart.

In the years after 1992, during several stays in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Montreal he began to intensify his literary work in Farsi, Spanish, English, and German. Grown up and later exiled with different languages, Sam Vaseghi writes genuinely multi-lingual poetry (not translated in pieces from an original mono-language).

1998 he travelled for the last time to Iran, left immediately thereafter the country under risk and returned consciously to the German and later Swedish exile. Since then Sam Vaseghi is an active member of the Iranian Writer’s Association (in Exile) and the Iranian PEN Center (in Exile).


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