Right: Forugh Farrokhzad, Left: First page of an early draft of Reborn in Farrokhzad’s handwriting.

About Farrokhzad:

At a time when literature and the arts, and just about everything else in Iran were dominated by men, when very few women were respected as poets, Farrokhzad began writing and publishing poems that radiated with sensuality, pushing the boundaries of what could be uttered or put on paper by women.
— Sholeh Wolpé

Sholeh Wolpé continues, "Farrokhzad is Iran's most revered female poet. She was a poet of great audacity and extraordinary talent. Her poetry was the poetry of protest-- protest through revelation-- revelation of the innermost world of women (considered taboo until then), their intimate secrets and desires, their sorrows, longings, aspirations and at times even their articulation through silence. Her poems are still relevant in their advocacy for women’s liberation and independence.

Forugh was born in Tehran in 1935. She attended school until the ninth grade, At age sixteen she was married to an acclaimed satirist. A year later, she bore her only child, a son. Within two years, in 1954, Farrokhzad and her husband divorced and Forugh lost the custody of her child. She published her first poetry book, entitled The Captive in 1955. she published two more volumes, The Wall and The Rebellion. In 1963 she published Another Birth. Her poetry was now mature and sophisticated, and a profound change from previous modern Iranian poetic conventions. On February 13, 1967, Farrokhzad died in a car accident at age thirty two. She was buried under falling snow.

Her poem Let Us Believe in the Dawn of the Cold Season was published posthumously, and is considered by some to be the best-structured modern poem in Farsi.