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Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Mahvash Sabet

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Alberto Manguel writes an open letter to the poet, imprisoned in Iran for her defence of the Bahái Faith
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Dear Mahvash Sabet,

Its almost an impertinence, I feel, to write to a poet who is being kept behind bars for her words and beliefs. King Lear, imprisoned at the end of the play with his daughter Cordelia, tells her that they will become Gods spies. That is what you as well have become, bearing witness to societys injustices, prejudices and inability to understand that no matter what society might do to a poet, the poets words will still be free in the minds of the readers, and continue to conjure up ideas, engage the mind in conversation. Perhaps theres consolation in this.

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