The Poetry of Bewilderment

The Poetry of Bewilderment

“Every path I took led me to more bewilderment,
O what a desolate desert and what an endless road!” – Hafez

Mystical bewilderment is something that occurs to a mystic on the path of pilgrimage as he perceives the truth on intuition. The mystic’s heartfelt revelations and perceptions are so astonishing that when they are disclosed to his intellect and mind, it fills him with a sense of wonder and awe. The mystic seeks bewilderment, whereas scholars and philosophers try to avoid it. Based on principles of logic, scholars seek to explain phenomena and ultimately to overcome bewilderment.

As if left undone for many years, I developed this project during my last trip to Iran on the paths and byways of Dasht-e Kavir, the large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau. “The Poetry of Bewilderment” is a study on astonishment.

The Poetry of Bewilderment, Iran, 2019-2020 © Tooraj Khamenehzadeh