Sholeh Wolpe is the author of three collections of poetry including Rooftops of Tehran, and she is the editor of Breaking the Jaws of Silence, The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and Its Exiles and a regional editor of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. Her books of translations include Sin: Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, which was awarded the Lois Roth Persian Translations Award in 2010, and a Persian translation of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself.
A gifted Iranian-American poet beautifully explores love and the
loss of love, beauty and war and the ghosts of the past. --Tom
Lavoie in Shelf Awareness
Like dreams peopled with healing clues, Wolpe's poems are rich with surrealism and harmony, telling deep truths of women across cultures and languages. --Annie Finch, author of Spells
When Sholeh Wolpe asks in Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, 'How hard is it to write a love song?' she is reflecting on beauty and love in times of war and personal upheaval. She is reflecting on poetry's absurd covenant with pain, loss, and violence--and its promise to find beauty through these human horrors. Her beautiful poems are at once sensual, meditative, raw in their honesty, and judicious in their fit use of language. This collection delights and disturbs, often in the very same poem. --Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems