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"The shock of Farrokhzad's poetry is the shock of purity, of ice water, of a corpse rotting in broad daylight. The purity is that of her relentless intensity. . . . [Wolpé's] translations are hypnotic in their beauty and force. This book will be treasured by readers who crave not a clash of cultures but a connection." -Alica Ostriker, From the Foreword "Translated with deep admiration by Sholeh Wolpé, a poet fluent in both Persian and English, these lucid translations capture the absolute ferocity and passion that have made Forugh Farrokhzad so beloved and so infamous." -American Poet "Poetic modernism came to Iran as late as the 1960s, when Farrokhzad (1935-1967) streaked across the literary horizon. . . . Of course, she became a scandal, one that endures to this day. . . . [T]he poems' long lines and musical repetitions sweep the reader away as effectively as any American projective verse." -Booklist "Potent . . . like certain works by Charles Wright or Seamus Heaney [these poems] are meticulously built to be precise and elusive at once. They reach outside of the poet's own experience, beyond her headspace, her gender, her country of origin. Both pensive and urgent, they strive for the universe." -Lebanon Daily Star "Farrokhzad is compared to Akhmatova and Plath. She's their peer, and this is a magnificent book of beautifully wrought, distinctly modern poems." -Robert Covelli, The New Mexican Magazine

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A new collection from Iran's rebel woman poet, with a foreword by Alicia Ostriker, to be published on the 40th anniversary of Forugh Farrokhzad's death --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557289484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557289483
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Masoud Hayatdavoodi on January 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Sin" has a very nice selection of the great Forough's poems. The translation is "generally" well.
The reason that I gave 4 stars, is due to some details in the poem translation. I read the Persian version as well and I could understand all in the English translation. But for most of the friends didn't know Persian, the translation was sometimes far from the original version; plus the semi harmonic intonation in the poetry hasn't been well respected in the translation.
Although I'm saying it could be better, I very much recommend this book, its very valuable and worth it to spend time and attention.
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It is a good effort at translating by Shohleh Wolpe. I appreciate her talent and it is certainly nice to have Forough accessible to an English-speaking audience. Like another review mentions, it is obvious that some license has been taken by the translator in translating the poems but Wolpe *does* add a disclaimer at the end basically saying the same thing.

My problem with the book is the political overtones that the translator introduces. Once again, she acknowledges this and actually states that her main reason for undertaking this translation effort is in response to Iran being labeled as part of the "Axis of Evil". She wants to make Iran more accessible and less intimidating to the West. However, she also ends the biography section by saying the Farrokhzad poetry was banned under the Islamic Republic which had no biographical merit as the poet passed away 12 years before the 1979 Revolution.

Farrokhzad's poetry is beautiful and while it is certainly meaningful to many Iranians in their current political situation, it seems like Wolpe is superimposing her interpretation of the poetry through her translation. Sometimes it feels like too much of her personality and her relationship with the poetry is coming through the poems. It can be very distracting.

Overall, the selection of poems is wonderful and the reader is able to see the growth of Farrokhzad as a poet throughout her short poetic career. It is a good effort and worth the read if only for the biography section.
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By name on December 6, 2012
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This is the most beautiful thing I have read in years. Farrokhzad's poems contain the most original presentation of ideas and concepts through language that I have read - perhaps ever.

Based on other reviews, if you are a native Persian speaker concerned with exact authenticity in translation, you might have a few issues with this book.

If you are an English speaker who would like to be blown away by some amazing poetry and simply exquisite use of language, in this case the English language, you will never regret this purchase.

Beautiful.
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