[04/05/2022] Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season: Selected Poems by Forough Farrokhzad
Translated by Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. (New Directions, paperback)
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Publisher Marketing: 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.