because of

Ilias Tsagas

The poem is based on Shervin Hajipour’s song ‘Baraye’. Baraye is an Iranian word that translates in English as ‘because of’ or ‘for’ and the song’s lyrics comprise tweets written in Farsi. The tweets address the protests in Iran following Mahsa Amini’s death, who died in the custody of Iran’s ‘morality police’. The poet selected some of the lyrics, based on various translations presented in YouTube videos, and shaped them to resemble Amini’s hair.