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Love Emergencies First Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0893044817
ISBN-10: 0893044814
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An extraordinary collection of lyric poems in both English and Persian. This book manages to accomplish what politics and war cannot: love and understanding that transcend cultural boundaries. --Dr. Philip Cioffari --From the Front Flap

With lapidary insight, Wolak and Karimi-Hakak render the Troubadour Era's constellation of love in a distinctly modern form. Ecstasy, surrender, heartbreak, and loss all find ample poetic compensation in the finely wrought imagery of these master poets and translators, whose works complement each other as a result of longtime collaboration. For those who hold fast to Leonard Cohen's notion that There ain't no cure for love, Love Emergencies offers the reader the possibility that, indeed, the power of the word itself may well provide visionary solace as well as an awakening to the complexities of amatory experience. --Maria Bennet --From the Front Flap

Love Emergencies is cetainly unlike anything else I have read and breaks new ground in artistic collaborations. Love, lovemaking, and the effect of distance and loss on love kept coming up again and again in each moving and insistent poem. Each poem contains the kind of urgency one would expect to find, as love is alwas an urgent. Time, the geat thief, is always a factor in love, and these poems, ofen in the spirit of an aubade,remind us of that cruel fact in unflinching terms. --Dr. Naton Leslie --From the Front Flap

About the Author

Bill Wolak is a poet whose work has appeared in many literary magazines and who has published two collections of poetry: Pale as an Explosion and Archeology of Light. He has translated Joyce Mansour, Stuart Merrill, and Francis Viele-Griffin. With Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, he has translated Your Lover's Beloved: 51 Ghazals of Hafez. Mr. Wolak has traveled throughout Asia, including trips to Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, and China. He has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships and two Fulbright-Hays awards to study and travel in India. In the Spring of 2007, he was selected to participate in a Friendship Delegation to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the nation's largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. Mr. Wolak has been an Adjunct Professor in the English Department at William Peterson University for over twenty years.

Mahmood Krimi-Hakak, Artistic Director of Mahak International Inc., is a poet, writer, translator, theater director, and filmmaker. His liteary credits include five plays, two books of poetry, severl translations, and numerous articles and interviews both in English and Persian. He has produced, created, choreographed, directed, designed, and acted in over 50 stage plays, dance performances, and films. Mahmood's artistic works have participated in national and international film and theatre festivals in America, Europe, and his native Iran, and have gained him three awards: Best Director (1979), Outstanding Foreign Film (1995), and Critics' Choice (1999). His academic achievements include a Raymond C. Kennedy Award (2005) and a Fulbright (2009). Professor Karimi-Hakak has taught at CUNY, Towson, and Southern Methodist universities in America, as well as universities in Belgium and iran. At present, he serves as Professor of Creative Arts at Siena College in New York.


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