The Mirror of My Heart

The Mirror of My Heart

A Thousand Years of Persian Poetry by Women


An incredible collection of verse by women poets writing in Persian, many translated into English for the first time

From Iran and India, to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, from princesses and entertainers to anonymous wives and daughters, The Mirror of My Heart displays the extraordinary breadth of women writing in Persian. The 83 poets included in this collection - many translated here for the first time - traverse a thousand years: from Rabe'eh and her surprisingly sensual writing in the ninth century, to the powerful verse of Fatemeh Ekhtesari in the twenty-first.


  • In every respect, The Mirror of My Heart is outstanding. Reading it one discovers a whole tradition of love poetry, epigram and elegy, movingly brought into English. Most important now, this anthology reminds us how much we all share the same joys, the same sorrows
    Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

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