In bringing this chorus of creativity to life, Sheema Kalbasi has performed a service that will be remembered for long. The voice that comes through The Poetry of Iranian Women is daring rather than desperate, decisive rather than doleful, and fairly composed, given the constraints that govern the lives of the featured poets, as women and as artists. In bringing this chorus of creativity to life, Sheema Kalbasi has performed a service that will be remembered for long.
– Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
Real and groundbreaking, this anthology edited by Sheema Kalbasi is a breathtaking collection of Iranian women's poems and is an event not to be missed. The Poetry of Iranian Women is full of passionate and vital poems that speak of universal themes with grace, craft, sensual imagery, and sociopolitical angst. This compendium affords a wonderful opportunity to learn what is being written today by women of this ancient Persian culture of the Mid-East cradle of civilization.
– Daniela Gioseffi
A spiritual regeneration from artists who have taken back their god, their religion, their home and most importantly themselves, Sheema Kalbasi has created this volume of poetry with great force and desire. The Poetry of Iranian Women transcends nationalities simultaneously highlighting the passion and dignity of the poetic collection it embodies.
– Larry Jaffe
Not only does Sheema Kalbasi in The Poetry of Iranian Women give us the voices of these talented, passionate Iranian poets but also shows us that the depths and textures of their culture revealed in verse is also history, political science, sociology, and psychology. Occasionally, there comes along a person like her who understands where the lessons of poetry intersect with other areas of scholarship.
– Roger Humes
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