Forugh Farrokhzad

“I believe in being a poet in all moments of life. Being a poet means being human.” Iconoclastic modernist poet Farrokhzad (1935–1967, Iran) wrote in a strong feminine voice, receiving criticism for addressing themes such as conventional marriage from a woman’s point of view. In “Inaugurating the Garden” she inverts the garden metaphor common to classical Persian poetry, re-examining desire as a source of pleasure and mutual fulfillment. For many years, portions of Farrokhzad’s work was banned in the Islamic Republic of Iran.