Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani

An important poet, known and beloved by many, as the “Lioness of Iran,” has passed away. You can read some of her poems and click through to listen to interviews with her in this NPR story. (The photo above is from that story, credited to Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images.)

Here is a great story about her fight for women’s rights (from the Washington Post).

At this great website, you can read in English or Iranian, poetry and commentary. You can also see the video of President Obama reading her poetry. This photo is from that site. I love the look in her eyes — far away gazing with full knowledge and ferocity.

I look forward to learning more about this woman’s poetry. Share a comment here if you already are a fan.



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