Sheema Kalbasi | Seven Valleys of Love | Gazelle Books

Seven Valleys of Love : A Bilingual Anthology of Women Poets from Middle Ages Persia to Present Day Iran

Author: Translated by Sheema Kalbasi | ISBN: 0972770380 : 9780972770385 | Format: Paperback | Size: 155x230mm | Pages: 119 | Weight: .218 Kg. | Published: AtlasBooks (Pra Publishing) – May 2008 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Poetry texts & anthologies

These peoms are written with a piercing clarity and a profound intensity of emotion.

Kalbasi’s ability to preserve the integrity and poetical sensibility of the work is evident in her mastery of language, editing, and translation. “Seven Valleys of Love” is a vibrant celebration of extraordinary women’s voices. The colourful and lively verses in this dazzling collection emerge as small, quiet explosions out of the shadows of hopelessness and seek to inspire and restore peace, hope, and harmony in its people. This stunning anthology of love and loss bears witness to a passionate and sorrowful longing, a deep plaintiveness for the ageless plight of expression.

“A superb book that demands to be held or cupped gently in the hand so not to spill the sumptuous beauty, light wit, and sharp-eyed acuity it is teeming with.” – Desi Di Nardo, Canadian poet

“A wonderful book to leaf around in…It invites us on a magical journey of reading and rereading these distant yet familiar women poets, of perceiving through their glass, whether darkly or brightly, the life of a society we yearn to know better.” – Ute Margaret Saine

Sheema Kalbasi

is a human right activist, an award winning poet, and literary translator. She is the director of Dialogue of Nations through Poetry in Translation, director of Poetry of Iranian Women Project, the poetry editor of Muse Apprentice Guild and co-director of the Other Voices International project.

Kalbasi has authored three collections of poems to date. One is titled Echoes in Exile in English, the second is called Sangsar (Stoning) in Persian, the third, Seven Valleys of Love is written in both English and Persian. Kalbasi’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, literary reviews, anthologies, and has been translated into several languages. Kalbasi is one of the few literary figures to promote poets of Iranian heritage as well as international poets to English speaking audiences. Her work is distinguished by her passionate defense of the ethnic and religious rights.

She has worked for the United Nations and the Center for non-Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, and in Denmark. She lives with her husband and two children in the United States.

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