The Book of Absence is a sequence of 128 brief poems. Exposing the vulnerabilities of human existence, it penetrates and transforms the heart. It’s a remarkable blend of the refinement of Persian humanism … the Zen minimalism of haiku … and the universal appeal of love poetry … as a subtle, gripping, dramatic recital.

The book’s three sections —

  • The Book of Me
  • The Book of You
  • The Book of No Thing

– model a classic pattern: … feelings of separation and longing … the object of mundane longing and the divine Beloved, mirroring and magnifying each other … and the fruition of this encounter … as a coherent serial poem.

Like a flower, my manuscripts seem to evolve organically. Maybe a bit of alchemy is involved too – in the mysterious process wherein pages transform into a manuscript … which will become a book … then go on to unknowable futures. The ms. of The Book of Absence is now in that delicious stage I liken to pollen. I send copies to particular readers for their interest, in and of itself. Some recipients, reading, might feel an eye opening in their heart. Some might wish to show some poems to family or close friends. Some might wish to be notified when there’s a publisher attached so they might pen an afterwords or endorsement or review. Some might suggest a magazine or book editor who might be interested to see the work. Who knows.

A few sprouts are becoming visible … in Asymptote … Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran & Its Diaspora (Green Linden Press) Jacket 2and World Literature Today ( with the poet reading his work ).

Proposal For Book Publishers

Sufi Blues


GG first read 20 work-in-progress translations in 2017, at a memorial for the bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street — Baghdad’s cultural and intellectual center named for a 10th century poet – one of multiple readings in the US & UK, and in Baghdad, Berlin, Dubai, Paris, Quebec, Venice, Sydney, and Vancouver. [ Video: Persis Karim | 5:22 ]

Introduced by Jack Hirschman, GG reads translations of Alireza Roshan, plus Bijan Jalali, Edmond Jabès, ancient Chinese Zen poems, Ko Un, & a couple of his own poems,  [32:33]

You are always the next poem

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