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These poems put a very human face on a people, country, and culture often deeply misunderstood in the West while reminding us once again that poetry embraces and illuminates our deepest human bonds and hopes. They are a most welcome gift.

—Sam Hamill, poet, translator, and editor


Red marks a state of emergency in the state of the heart. This collection powerfully testifies to the emergency in beloved Iran. Every human, no matter culture or nation, has a heart. Every culture and nation has a heart. We here on this small earth share a heart. Poets are the heart’s singers. Iran’s singers call out from the kitchen tables, prisons, streets, and homelands. What demon can withstand against these beautiful and truthful singers? What heart will not open when they hear these poems?
—Joy Harjo, poet, musician, singer, performer, and playwright

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Born in Iran, and now an American citizen, Sholeh Wolpé is an award-winning poet, literary translator, and writer.


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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611860342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611860344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Veach on May 12, 2012
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Courageous and gripping accounts from inside the struggle for democracy in Iran. These poets have been in the jails and torture chambers themselves, and they tell us where the bodies are buried--literally. The political revelations are explosive, but there's a lot more here as well: love, humor, mystic ecstasy, giving us a sense of the full range of the humanity and the tragedy of the Iranian people.
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