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Roya Zarrin

Roya Zarrin was born in Aligoodarz in the Lorestan province of Iran. Her first book of poems, The Earth Needs the Lover’s Incantation, was a finalist for the Karnameh prize. Her third book, I Want to Swallow my Children, won the 2008 Khorshid prize, a new annual award for the best poetry book written by a female author.


It Was the End of the Sixth Day

It was the end of the sixth day, horizons ripened from violet shadows to violets of light. One was tired from the height of so much day and the strait of so much night. The air was still violet and scentless, when from Nile’s seaweed cam [...]

Should I Have Known

Should I have known already the time of his eyes’ formation, the time they began to walk behind me, and the visiting hours of dreams, I don’t know from where . . . Who knew that poets become refugees and tribeswomen suffer [...]