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Iran's Behbahani Is mtvU's Poet Laureate

Iranian poet Simin Behbahani, who back in June wrote two poems about the post-election turmoil in her country — and read them for NPR's Davar Iran Ardalan, who sent us the audio for this post — is the 2009 mtvU Poet Laureate.

The 82-year-old Behbahani is being recognized by the music TV network's college division because her work "has made a significant impact on the world's cultural landscape."

Here's a video that Weekend Edition's Thomas Pierce produced of Davar's late June conversation with Behbahani: