Keeping Time With Blue HyacinthsSholeh Wolpé (University of Arkansas Press, 2013)



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“When Sholeh Wolpé asks ‘How hard is it to write a long 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

“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

“A gifted Iranian-American poet beautifully explores love and the loss of love, beauty and war and the ghosts of the past.”

–Shelf Awareness Magazine

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