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When They Broke Down The Door: Poems

The power of poetry to map the human heart has been a hallmark of Persian culture for at least a thousand years, and Fatemeh Shams wields it unforgettably. As a member of the Iranian diaspora living in the West, her voice is often one of anguished separation, and many of her poems touch on politics. [read more>>]

Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams

Borrowed Ware: Medieval Persian Epigrams (Kindle/iPad Version)

“Dick Davis’s translation of the best of Persia’s medieval short poetry, borrowed ware, is a wonderful book, suffused with love, beautifully produced and with a comprehensive introduction to Persian courtly poetry.” – The Independent. [read more>>]

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

“The translations of all three poets are superb, and they open up a new world even for those who know Persian well….Davis has managed, better than anyone else so far, to give a rendering that makes these translations come alive and sing.” W. L. Hanaway, emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, CHOICE. [read more>>]

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin is one of the world’s great love stories. It was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. [read more>>]

In the Dragon’s Claws: The Story of Rostam and Esfandiyar

In the Dragon’s Claws: The Story of Rostam and Esfandiyar (Kindle/iPad Version)

“Jerome Clinton with his lively and supple blank verse line continues to lift Ferdowsi out of the 10th and 11th centuries and beautifully into the present.” – Coleman Barks, translator of “The Essential Rumi”. [read more>>]

Vis & Ramin

Vis & Ramin (Kindle/iPad Version)

Vis & Ramin is one of the world’s great love stories. It was the first major Persian romance, written between 1050 and 1055 in rhyming couplets. This remarkable work has now been superbly translated into heroic couplets (the closest metrical equivalent of the Persian) by the poet and scholar Dick Davis. [read more>>]

Another Birth and Other Poems

Another Birth and Other Poems

Forugh Farrokhzad was born in Tehran in 1935 and died in a car crash at the age of 32…Fiercely honest, insightful, and often wonderfully lyrical, her work has earned her a secure place in the thousand-year tradition of illustrious Iranian poets. Another Birth is widely regarded as the pinnacle of her poetic work. [read more>>]

Another Birth and Other Poems

Another Birth and Other Poems (Kindle/iPad Version)

This eBook of poems of Forugh Farrokhzad are fiercely honest, insightful, and often wonderfully lyrical. Placing her in the thousand-year tradition of Iranian poets. [read more>>]