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Song of the Ground Jay: Poems by Iranian Women, 1960–2022

Published Date: May 7, 2023

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March 7, 2023
5 x 8 inches

About the Book

Iranian women have been writing Persian poetry for over a thousand years, and in the tumult of our contemporary moment, poetry has emerged once again as an outlet with a unique power to move and connect us, to inspire fury, tears, joy, laughter, and surprise.


In this bilingual anthology, encompassing both the most progressive and the most regressive eras for women in Iran, Mojdeh Bahar introduces readers to the poems of Iranian women during the past sixty years. Focusing mainly on poets writing today, Song of the Ground Jay engages with a diverse array of Iranian women’s voices that includes the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-with varying styles, tones, and themes, painting a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern Persian poetry by women.


For anyone who has wanted to try their hand at a conversation with contemporary Persian poetry by Iranian women but doesn’t know where to start, Song of the Ground Jay opens a door and invites you to walk in.



Rira Abbasi

Mana Aghaee

Asieh Amini

Farinaz Aryanfar

Mina Assadi

Shabnam Azar

Nahid Bagheri Goldschmeid

Razieh Bahrami Khoshnood

Roja Chamankar

Sareh Dastaran

Sadaf Derakhshan

Maryam Eshaghi

Leila Farjami

Niki Firoozkoohi

Leili Galehdaran

Ghodsi Ghazinour

Sholeh Golrokhi

Elham Gordi

Taraneh Habib

Roya Hakakian

Farideh Hassanzadeh

Hengameh Hoveyda

Maryam Jafari Azarmani

Nahid Kabiri

Samaneh Kahrobaeian

Sheema Kalbasi

Mohaddaseh Kalhor

Guity Khoshdel

Leila Kordbacheh

Bita Malakuti

Mandana Mashayekhi

Shokooh Mirzadegi

Soheila Mirzaei

Sara Mohammadi Ardehali

Jila Mossaed

Granaz Moussavi

Sepideh Nikroo

Partow Nooriala

Maryam Raeesdana

Nazanin Rahimi

Nasrin Ranjbar Irani

Fatima Ranjbari

Mehrangiz Rassapoor (M. Pegah)

Fatemeh Salarvand

Hila Sedighi

Fariba Sedighim

Sarvenaz Seyedi

Nilofar Shidmehr

Azadeh Tahaei

Parvaneh Vahidmanesh

Pirayeh Yaghmaii

Mandana Zandian


About the Author


Mojdeh Bahar received her J.D. from University of Maryland Carey School of Law; her M.A. in French from NYU, and her B.S. in Chemistry and French from Dickinson College.


Milkvetch and Violets, (Mage, 2021); selected and translated poems by 52 Iranian women poets entitled Song of the Ground Jay: Poems by Iranian Women, 1960-2022, (Mage, 2023) and translated poems of Taraneh Habib, In the Mirror: Poems and Collages; and selected and translated the poetry of 104 contemporary Iranian women poets entitled, Song of the Ground Jay, Expanded Edition (Gordyeh Publishers, 2023 for both books). Her translations have also appeared in Lyrikline and Stepaway, online magazines.


Mojdeh works in the public sector. She is a patent attorney and technology transfer professional engaged in the formation of partnerships to advance research and development, enable and strengthen manufacturing, and to enhance organizational performance.


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