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Salim Ghazi Saeedi was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. Among his family and relatives nobody were engaged in artistic career professionally and as a teenager he was mostly interested in electronics and computers. Besides, post-war limited artistic environment in Iran made him isolated from artistic currents. In puberty age he was more a rock music fanatic and in the realm of literature his main studies merely included Sadeq Hedayat and Jalal Al-e-Ahmad book series. As an engineering freshman in university he started self-teaching guitar and since 2006 he published 6 music album in avant-garde progressive rock as a composer in Arashk band and a one-band-band.
Salim says: "Generally I am not regarded a well-read person and do not even recall that have had the dream of becoming a writer. But I have always loved writing letters, reading well-known writers' letters and especially biographies." He continues: "One of my hobbies is making gifts for those I love and almost always I attach memos to them. After writing these memos I assume myself as their reader and read them repeatedly. I find this enjoyable a lot."
Salim began writing poetry at age 28 and wrote poem collections including Strings, Stuffings, Wanebook, The Book of Creator, Rest House, O Friend! originally in Farsi. He also undertakes translating and sometimes rewriting them into English himself. His poetry is mostly abstract/philosophical in atmosphere and is sometimes sermon-like. "But the matter of poetry without addressee is totally different. I nearly always write poetry only in moments of despair, fear or paralysis. These poems are actually addressed to myself and their goal is self-treatment. If you find me writing poetry you could be sure about two things: I feel very bad and I will get well very soon."
At age 31 Salim found himself writing short stories. Stories at the border of reality and fantasy with god-like protagonists: "There is a state that happens to me prior to creation of any artistic work. A state of readiness for creation. My mind enters a potent silence state and I realize something is going to happen. At this occasion if I pick the pen or instrument something will happen that I have no idea about before it ends. Maybe it could be said I divide and a part of me realizes in front of myself."
Salim's writings and compositions are accessible at www.salimworld.com
(C) Salim Ghazi