Load Poems Like Guns

Load Poems Like Guns : Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan

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"Load Poems Like Guns is an important book. It gives an eloquent and wrenching witness to voices from another place and another poetry: voices with a unique mix of formal power and personal pain. Eight Afghan women poets are eloquently translated here by Farzana Marie, including the tragic and luminously gifted Nadia Anjuman. This is a bilingual edition; the English and Dari are side by side, allowing us a glimpse of the mysterious and profound Persian poetic tradition. This is a book every poet and every reader of poetry should seek out. It amplifies our understanding. It broadens our sense of the identity of the poet. Above all, it makes available a rich and troubling narrative we need to hear."--Eavan Boland, author of A Woman Without A Country (poems)

"This unique contribution fills a gap in our understanding of the Afghan people, their history and society. It is a must read."--Nancy Hatch Dupree, Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University

A groundbreaking collection of poetry by eight contemporary Afghan women poets in English translation en face with the original Persian Dari text. These poets live in Herat, the ancient epicenter of literature and the arts.

Frazana Marie is a Ph.D. candidate in Middle Eastern literature at the University of Arizona. She served as an active duty officer for over six years including two years of deployed service in Afghanistan. She is president of Civil Vision International, a nonprofit focusing on influencing international relationships.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 13mm | 295g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0985981881
  • 9780985981884
  • 870,726

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"This book provides skillful literary translations of Persian Dari poems for English-language readers. They read like poems written effortlessly in English, with none of the stiltedness and archaisms of translations by less able translators. The poems are furnished with valuable biographical notes about their authors, brief critical commentaries, and insightful notes on the translation process and the difficult choices that it involves. The introduction provides a thorough historical and cultural context for these poems' creation in the Afghan city of Herat, complete with scholarly references. Most compellingly of all, the author includes valuable primary material in the form of interviews with some of the significant players in Herat's literary scene, including those of the translated poets who are still alive. These interviews and the author's firsthand knowledge of the community offer an unprecedented and fascinating insight into the training, social interactions and creative practice of young female poets in contemporary Afghanistan. The introduction also sympathetically recounts the challenges these poets have faced, whether being forced underground during Taliban times or having their careers - or their lives - tragically cut short by those close to them who disapproved of their intellectual activities. As such, it is a valuable socio-historical documentation of an important Afghan cultural form and the changes it is undergoing - a story rarely told about Afghanistan in these troubled times."--Dr. Zuzanna Olszewska, University of Oxford, author of The Pearl of Dari: Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran, forthcoming from Indiana University Press
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About Farzana Marie

Farzana Marie is PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Literatures at the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Her research focuses on Persian literature, especially Afghan women's poetry. She also writes and translates poetry. She holds a B.S. in the Humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She served as an active duty officer for over six years, including two consecutive years of deployed service in Afghanistan (2010-2012), where she previously served as a volunteer teacher in Afghanistan orphanages (2003-2004). Farzana is the President of Civil Vision International, a non-profit charitable organization focused on positively influencing international relationships through connecting, informing, educating and inspiring citizens.
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