Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal

Author ORCID Identifier



This poetic inquiry traces certain aspects of my identity as the daughter of an Iranian immigrant growing up in the United States. I use autobiographic life writing (Hasebe-Ludt, Chambers, Leggo, 2009) to lay out (some of) the bones of a larger personal and family story, followed by a suite of poems addressing some of the mysteries, wonderments, gifts and reckonings that I am left with—and which are inherent to—my misplaced, scattered family history and lineage. Although my father shared little about his life in Iran before coming to the U.S., with the help of other relatives I have gleaned a few key details that reveal a sense of Iran the place, the culture, and our family history there, encircled by my own layered longings to experience and know all of this myself firsthand. Part imagined-travelogue, part memoir, this poetic inquiry embraces the idea that even things that are lost, never known, or left behind are part of a beautiful mosaic that resonates through time and place, telling stories of ancestry, memory, language, migration, and the legacies that endure.

Author Biography

Maya Borhani enjoys wandering and wondering outdoors to connect with her poetic and spiritual muses. Originally from Northern California, she has also dwelt on islands in the Salish Sea (in Washington state and British Columbia), San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. Near to completing a PhD in Educational Studies, her dissertation engages autobiographical life writing and poetic inquiry to explore living poetically, poetry as performative pedagogy, and pedagogies of place. Uncertainties precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic have also beneficently revealed opportunities to engage a slower pedagogy, and deeper understandings of walking paths of a “lived curriculum” in place.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.