Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from Farsi by Parisa Samadi. The first English-language translation of Ziaeddin Torabi’s Iran Book of the Year award-winning FACE TO FACE WITH DREAMS, presented in a beautiful facing-page Farsi/English edition.
“Ziaeddin Torabi’s remarkable poetry happens at the intersection of the dreamed and the real. In one poem, mythic snakes ‘have grown on your shoulder.’ In another, a tree having dropped its leaves ‘can be gallows / or a light pole.’ In another, the human heart is a grenade. Confident, imaginative, clear-eyed, self-effacing, Torabi convinces us of the reality of his fiercely imagined worlds and takes us deeply into our own. FACE TO FACE WITH DREAMS is a literary feast.”—Greg Glazner
“What a thrill for the world to get the gift of Ziaeddin Torabi. A beloved Iranian bard and scholar, Torabi tints many old and new worlds, classical and contemporary, in his singular style and vision. FACE TO FACE WITH DREAMS is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, strange, ecstatic collection.”—Porochista Khakpour
“Here, in Torabi’s poems, simple and direct language conveys the emotional complexity of human everyday drama. Moving forward through the pages, one finds in Torabi’s fragmentary poetic narratives, the long deep structures of the self. People shuffle through the incomplete day, losing and finding themselves amid the collateral events of a broken world. Refreshing, earnest work in a time of demasiado irony. You can feel the emotional depth way down in your guts.”—Daniel Rounds
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