Mahvash Sabet is free now.
It takes a special person to weather ten years of torture in an Iranian prison. Mahvash Sabet was a teacher and principal who was fired for being a Bahá’í. Then she helped start an online school because Bahá’í students were not allowed to attend university. Then she was put in prison; at first for twenty years, but that sentence was later reduced to ten.
Buy Mahvash Sabet’s book, Prison Poetry, here.
Here is a five-minute video describing the poetry Ms. Sabet wrote while in prison:
While Ms. Sabet was in prison, she was joined by Roxana Saberi, a journalist who was falsely accused and convicted of espionage. Ms. Saberi describes her encounter with Mahvash Sabet in this video:
Here is a portion of one of Mahvash’s poems:
this prison of loss?
But what can they do to a handful of dust
in the middle of chaos?
like blood in the fields.
If they padlock our lips, the mouths of a thousand
spring buds are unsealed.