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Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems

Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems

Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems

Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems

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Overview

A ravishing new translation of Iran’s trailblazing, feminist poet in an indispensable collection

In the years since her tragic death in a car accident at age thirty-two in 1967, Forough Farrokhzad has become a poet as iconic and influential as Lorca or Akhmatova, celebrated as a pioneer of modernist Iranian literature and as a leading figure of contemporary world literature. Farrokhzad, as Elizabeth Gray writes in the preface, “remains a beacon to artists, especially women and marginalized artists, who seek freedom in all its forms.”

This thoughtfully curated, deftly translated selection of Farrokhzad’s poems includes work from her whole writing life, early to late. Readers will thoroughly treasure this expansive poet of the quotidian; of longing, loss, and desire; of classical reinvention; of lexical variation and sonic beauty; of terrifying wisdom, hope, and grief.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811231657
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 134,320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Poet, filmmaker, screenwriter, and painter, Forough Farrokhzad (1934–1967) was born the third of seven children in Mazandaran, north of Tehran. Drawn to reading and writing poetry as a child, she dropped out of high school to study painting and dressmaking at a technical school. At age sixteen she fell in love with her mother’s cousin; they married, moved to a provincial town, and had a son. During her marriage she worked as a seamstress and wrote the poems of her first collection, The Captive (1955). In the fall of that year, she divorced her husband, relinquished all rights to her son, and moved to Tehran. Three more poetry collections followed: The Wall (1956), Rebellion (1958), and Another Birth (1964). She also translated the work of George Bernard Shaw and Henry Miller, and made a groundbreaking documentary, The House Is Black (1962), about a leper colony in northeastern Iran. Her posthumous collection of late poems Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season was published in 1974.

Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. is the author of the poetry collections Salient and Series | India, and the translator of Wine and Prayer: Eighty Ghazals from the Diwan of Hafiz and Iran: Poems of Dissent.

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration vii

Translator's Introduction ix

From Captive (1955)

Captive 3

From Wall (1956)

Sin 5

Lost 6

Grief-Worshipper 8

Wall 9

From Rebellion (1958)

God's Rebellion 11

Knot 13

Return 15

From Far Away 17

Much Later 19

From Another Birth (1964)

Those Days 21

The Sun Comes Out 25

On the Soil 27

The Wind Will Carry Us 29

In the Green Waters of Summer 30

Realizing 33

Love Poem 35

Border Walls 38

Friday 41

Wind-Up Doll 42

My Lover 44

In the Cold Streets of Night 46

In a Never-Ending Twilight 48

Earthly Verses 52

Gift 56

Green Illusion 57

Pair 60

The Victory of the Garden 61

Rose 63

The Bird Was Just a Bird 64

O Jeweled Land 65

I Will Greet the Sun Again 70

Another Birth 71

Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season (1974)

Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season 74

After You 83

Window 86

I Pity the Garden 89

Someone Who Is Like No One 93

Only the Sound Remains 96

The Bird Is Mortal 98

Notes 99

Selected Bibliography 105

Acknowledgments 107

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