Iran's Book News Agency (IBNA) 3 Jul 2019 - 17:55 -------------------------------------------------- Title : Website delivers Kiarostami’s view on poetry’s status ‎ -------------------------------------------------- IBNA- The Persian website of the late Iranian filmmaker Abbas kiarostami has uploaded ‎the video of his lecture in Basel, Switzerland in 2010 as he opines about the status of ‎poetry in Iran and the world.‎ Text : According to IBNA correspondent, in this video which has been welcomed by the visitors of the website, Kiarostami suggests that pain and poetry are associated with each other. I sent my last book of poetry to a French publisher who said we will publish it in 500 copies but we can t pay you. I agreed since I knew that the poetry readership in Europe is less than Iran, he said. However the same book is being published in Iran in 5500 copies, therefore, I believe Iran is a country where poetry is both created extensively and is read extensively, Kiarostami added. I suppose there s a point here which is relevant to the fact that pain and poetry are deeply correlated in a way. In Europe perhaps you don t need to read poetry and enter into a dialogue with someone about your most profound pains; which means a dialogue with the poet and a dialogue with yourself, the late filmmaker stated.