Why Khayyam? I began this project as a Seattle-Isfahan collaboration. As it turns out, Omar Khayyam has connections to Isfahan. In 1074 Khayyam was invited to Isfahan to establish a new astronomical observatory. It has been said that Khayyam played a major role in the creation of the Jalali or Malikī calendar, which was the most significant project of the Isfahan observatory. In addition to creating the calendar, it's not difficult to imagine that Khayyam composed some of his Rubā‘iyyāt during his residency in Isfahan. His connection with Isfahan provided the inspiration for this project.
One Moment in Annihilation's Waste,
One moment, of the Well of Life to taste--
The Stars are setting, and the Caravan
Starts for the dawn of Nothing--Oh, make haste!
Joseph Pollard White
"The Stars Are Setting"
"Of Seven and the Four"
"Potter and Clay"
An old potter at his wheel
Clay and dirt mould and deal
My inner eye would reveal
My father's dust bears his seal.