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"In his new collection of poetry, Roger Sedarat strikes the perfect balance between Eastern and Western expression, between the modern and the medieval, and between the sacred and the profane. A delight on every page, one can’t help but imagine that if Hafez, Rumi, and other Sufi mystic poets — even Goethe — were transported to the twenty–first century, their tweets might read something like this."
— Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollahs’ Democracy: An Iranian Challenge

"These poems are to be savored in their audacity — in turn witty, erotic, ludic, learned, engaged. Roger Sedarat’s ghazals bridge the form’s (and the poet’s) Persian sources to American demotic language, and open couplet windows on transnational reality."
— Marilyn Hacker, winner of the National Book Award and author of Names: Poems

"Ghazal Games overflows with intelligent charm: its well-formed couplets, fueled by iconoclasm, are blessed with clarity, goodheartedness, pizzazz, and prankishness. Let’s crown Roger Sedarat the king of Carnival; long may he reign."
— Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Best–Selling Jewish Porn Films


“A unique and concise collection of interactive poems.”
— Persian Heritage

“Now more than ever, the world needs to hear from Roger Sedarat. Since his career began, he’s been raging against oppressive regimes throughout the world, but his focus is Iran. He wants his work to help the Iranian people seize their country for their own. Sometimes this plays out in a symbolic way in his work, and sometimes in more literal fashion. He laments lost loved ones, lost human rights, and lost culture. He focuses his anger to a point and uses it to change people’s minds.”
— Stuff for the Teen Age, a blog of The New York Public Library

“Playfully, humorously, Sedarat confronts issues such as religious hypocrisy and dogma head on…. Though Ghazal Games may appear a broadly experimental endeavor at first, its tone and carefully crafted phraseology remain consistent throughout. It is an excellent educational tool for creative writers and, as the following selections demonstrate, a delightful read.”
— Frontline, “Tehran Bureau”

“Roger Sedarat’s Ghazal Games is an outstanding example of the genre.”
— Gino’s Blog

About the Author

Roger Sedarat is an assistant professor in the MFA program at Queens College. He is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as well as a St. Botolph Society poetry grant. He is the author of Dear Regime, and his verse has appeared in such journals as New England Review, Atlanta Review, and Poet Lore.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821419501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821419502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Roger Sedarat is the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio University Press's Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). In addition to teaching creative writing (poetry and literary translation) in the MFA program at Queens College, City University of New York, he teaches and writes on such academic interests as 19th and 20th century American literature as well as Middle Eastern-American literature. Currently, Roger is working toward translating a full-length collection of ghazals by the 14th century Sufi Persian poet, Hafez.

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By John McGreivey on February 19, 2012
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This is a fun read.

In these poems, Roger Sedarat is funny, clever, sometimes poignant, and frequently entertainingly caustic. He twists the ghazal form around for the fun of it. and says things about life and memory. The poems seem effortlessly tossed off, and yet they can't be (can they)?

Anyone (not just poemheads) can read this without feeling poetrified.

Read it. Now.
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By Robbie on July 17, 2015
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fun to read
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