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Ali Abdolrezaei (Persian: علی عبدالرضایی), was born 10 April 1969 in Langrood, Iran. After receiving his diploma in mathematics from Ghodoosi High School in 1986 he went to Tehran Technical and Engineering University where he graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993.
Abdolrezaei began his poetic career in 1986. He was banned from teaching and public speaking, which forced him to go into exile in 2002. After leaving Iran, he briefly lived in Germany, followed by two years in France. In 2005 he moved to London, where he now lives and works.
Abdolrezaei has been a prolific and controversial poet. His first seven volumes of poetry were published in Iran, the remainder in exile. He helped to found the "Persian New Poetry" movement, writing colloquially about current themes rather than the traditional themes of emotion and nature. According to Poetry International, his "postmodern" poems "centre on the problematic nature of language, knowledge and subjectivity."
Literary influence and impact
Abdolrezaei's reputation as a poet spread in the early 2000s and received wide critical discussion from poets and critics of Persian poetry. It has been said that his poetry caused a group of young poets to turn away from the legacy of Modern Persian Poetry to establish the Persian New Poetry order. He has been described as "one of Iran's most influential poets" and "one of the most serious and contentious poets of the new generation of Persian poetry ... [who] has had an undeniable effect on many Persian poets".
Abdolrezaei has written 37 books of poetry. His poems have been translated into languages including English, German, French, Turkish, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Croatian and Urdu.
- 'Only Iron Men Rust in the Rain, Vistar, Tehran, 1991. Poetrymag - aadmhaayehaahani
- 'You Name this Book', Tehran, 1992. Poetrymag - naameinketaab
- 'Paris in Renault', Narenj,Tehran, 1996. Poetrymag - parisdarrenault
- 'This Dear Cat', Narenj,Tehran, 1997. Poetrymag - ingorbehyeaziz
- 'Improvisation', Nim-Negah,Tehran, 1999. Poetrymag - felbedaaheh
- 'So Sermon of Society', Nim-negah, Tehran, 2000. Poetrymag - jaameeh
- 'Shinema', Hamraz, Tehran, 2001. Poetrymag - shinema
- 'I Live in Riskdom', Paris, 2005. Poetrymag - khatarnaak
- 'Hermaphrodite', Paris, 2006. PoetryPub.info - هرمافرودیت
- 'A Gift Wrapped in Condom', Paris, 2006 Poetrymag - kaado kaandom ali adbolrezaei
- 'The Worst Literature', Paris, 2007 Poetrymag - rakiktar az adabiat ali abdolrezaei
- 'In Riskdom Where I Lived', London, Exiled Writers Ink, 2007 (A collection of 28 poems translated into English by Dr. Abol Froushan) Poetrymag - In Riskdom
- 'Terror', London, 2009 Poetrymag - terror ebook
- 'Fackbook', London, 2009 Poetrymag - shahriar kateban
- 'La Elaha Ella Love', Paris, 2010 Poetrymag - La Elaha Ella Love
- 'Sixology', Paris, 2010 (A collection of 6 major poems translated into English by Dr. Abol Froushan) Poetrymag - sixology
- 'Zerbombt doch all das Weinen', Paris, 2010 (A collection of 35 poems translated into German by Christina Ehlers) Poetrymag - zerbombt doch all das weinen
- 'ÖLÜRƏMSƏ KİM BU YALNIZLIĞA DÖZƏR, Paris, 2010 (A collection of poems translated into Turkish by Saeed Ahmadzadeh Ardebili) Poetrymag - istanbul skool
- 'Ese', Paris, 2010 (A selection of poems translated into Spanish by Elizabeth Lorena Faitarone) Poetrymag - ese
- 'Only iron men rust in the rain, Paris, 2010 (A selection of 36 poems translated into Arabic by El Habib Louai) Poetrymag - arabic skool
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- Pooyan, Mansor (1 December 2009). "Iran: Speaking in the voice of a generation. Ali Abdolrezaei's poetry". Poetry International Rotterdam. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
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- Nugent, Ciara (1 December 2014). "PEN: Human Rights and Writing in Iran". Varsity, Cambridge. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
- "Haftaad - Risk of Poetry". Retrieved 12 February 2010.
- Ketabnak Ebooks Library