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The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles
edited by Sholeh Wolpé
by Sholeh Wolpé
Michigan State University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-1-60917-329-6 | Paper: 978-1-61186-034-4
Library of Congress Classification PK6449.E5F67 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.551308

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

During the 1979 revolution, Iranians from all walks of life, whether Muslim, Jewish, Christian, socialist, or atheist, fought side-by-side to end one tyrannical regime, only to find themselves in the clutches of another. When Khomeini came to power, freedom of the press was eliminated, religious tolerance disappeared, women’s rights narrowed to fit within a conservative interpretation of the Quran, and non-Islamic music and literature were banned. Poets, writers, and artists were driven deep underground and, in many cases, out of the country altogether. This moving anthology is a testament to both the centuries-old tradition of Persian poetry and the enduring will of the Iranian people to resist injustice. The poems selected for this collection represent the young, the old, and the ancient. They are written by poets who call or have called Iran home, many of whom have become part of a diverse and thriving diaspora.



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