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“Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender.”
__Poetry Foundation

“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

“Wolpé’s beautiful poems are at once sensual, meditative, raw in their honesty, and judicious in their fit use of language.”
__Kwame Daws, poet, critic, University of Nebraska

“Sholeh Wolpé’s poems are political, satirical, and unflinching in the face of war, tyranny and loss. Talismanic and alchemical, they attempt to transmute experience into the magic of the imagined. But they also dare to be tender and funny lyrical moments.”
__ Chris Abani, novelist, Northwestern University

“In a world where cultures and religions are recklessly facing off, Sholeh Wolpé writes careful poems that cast a light on some of what we all hold in common.”
__Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003)

“Through her translations of Iranian writers, and through four collections of her own poetry, Wolpé seeks to bridge the fierce political divide between her native Iran and her adopted Western homes—to pierce their mutual ignorance, and reveal one to the other.”

                                                                  __Guernica, a magazine of global arts & politics