TEHRAN.(Iranart) – Mohammad Shams Lagerudi, the 68-year-old poet of such outstanding collections as “Ode to the Slit Smile”, “Ashes & the Lady” and “The Hidden Fete”, was honored for his lifetime achievements by the Guilan Research Center at the University of Guilan on Saturday.
A large number his fans, friends, and cultural figures of Gilan Province attended the honoring ceremony held in Rasht.
In his brief speech at the ceremony, Shams Langerudi quoted a comment from his fellow poet, Ahmad Shamlu, “Working in crises is like tunneling in the mount of impossibilities,” and said, “There are many problems, limits and impediments, but people do not see the path of change.”
He expressed his thanks to all those people who have empathy for his poetry and added, “This empathy is really great, because it’s impossible to compose a poem in a vacuum.”
“It is you who care about the works of the poets and encourage them by your empathy,” he added.
Shams Langerudi is also the writer of “An Analytic History of Persian Modern Poetry”, an extensive research work on contemporary Persian poetry, which was published in four volumes in 1998.
He called the book a response to his unawareness of the subject and said, “It was sheer luck that what I have done over my life was to satisfy all my mental desires.”
“Life doesn’t cost a thing, however, nothing is more precious than life, therefore what I wrote and composed were for my heart, and as result, my poems are influential and inspiring,” he stated.
He said that he has promoted kindness and honesty in his poetry and noted that these characteristics make it popular.
“Politicians have made the world into nonsense, but art creates beauty and never lies, and if the art doesn’t exist, the realities would deteriorate us,” he concluded.
Guilan Research Center director Hashem Musavi also delivered a speech. “Master Shams Langerudi has been raised in a cultured family and we owe him a lot.”
Shams Lagerudi also pursued a career in acting by portraying a poet in “Flamingo No. 13” directed by Hamidreza Aliqolian in 2010.
He also played roles in “Five to Five” by Tara Otadi and “Risk of Acid Rain” by Behtash Sanaeiha.
Source: Tehran Times