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Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora

Title
Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora
Publisher
Green Linden Press
Place of Publication
Grinnell, IA, United States
Genre
Autobiography
Format
Book
Medium
Print
Publication Year
2021
Publication Month
September
Page Number
l, 363
ISBN / ISSN
9780999226384
Does the translation have images?
No
OTHER PEOPLE INVOLVED
Kaveh Bassiri: Introduction
Christopher Nelson: Editor
Reviews

1

Tara Bahrampour

Iranians rely on poetry to give comfort, elevate the ordinary, and illuminate the darkness. Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora layers the work of the masters with fresh voices, using sensual imagery to piece together a society fractured by revolution, war, and exile. Let the poets lead you into an Iran beyond the news reports-a place where tenderness and humor and bitterness and melancholia balance together like birds on a wire, intricately connected and poised to take flight.

2

Porochista Khakpour

Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora offers a profoundly satisfying journey into the poetic canon of my homeland—an anthology with an ambition, expanse, depth, and diversity that truly earns its essential tag. So many poets I was hoping would be in here are here, from contemporary icons to new luminaries, plus I got to explore several poets I had never before read. Everyone from students of poetry to masters of the form should take this ride through the soul and psyche of Iran, which endures no matter where the border, beyond whatever the boundary!

3

Neda Maghbouleh

Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and its Diaspora takes the extraordinary position that poetic arts from the homeland and diaspora should be read alongside each other. This vital book invites English-language readers to step into a lineage and tradition where poems—from playful to elegiac, prosaic to ornate—are fundamental to everyday living. It is the kind of book that requires two copies: one to give to a beloved, and one to keep for oneself.

4

Philip Metres

Between arm-flexing states, the U.S. and Iran, the past burns and the future is held hostage. In a twilight present tense, the poets emerge, sure-footed and graceful, imagining another way, another vision of being. The range of these Iranian poets is prodigious and dizzying. Sometimes they “consider the saga of a bee / humming over minefields / in pursuit of a flower," sometimes they “bring your lips near / and pour your voice / into my mouth.” Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora is a place where heartbreak and hope gather. At the shores of language, drink this bracing, slaking music.

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