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Mohamad Mashghdost

Mohamad Mashghdost, Foto © Rottkay
Photo © Rottkay

Mohamad Mashghdost (*1997), son of a taxi driver from Bandar-e Ansali, Iran, set off for Europe in autumn. At home, he was afraid of being drafted into the war in Syria. In Berlin, Mohamad Mashghdost wrote some outstanding poems about the lack of meaning and his native Iran. Today he lives in Husum.
In 2018 Mohamad Mashghdost was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler Poetry Prize.

Beginning of life

Mohamad Mashghdost Bandar Anzali, Iran The beginning of life was That I did not exist. There was a mother. She ...


Mohamad Mashghdost Bandar Anzali, Iran I’ve left my home, my heart. Now it is like sleep and dream And burns ...