As promised, this week’s Poetry Show was a conversation between host Dennis Morton and Iranian-American poet-writer-editor-translator Sholeh Wolpé. The conversation was recorded on the afternoon of May 12 at the KUSP studio, before Sholeh’s evening appearance as featured reader for the Poetry Santa Cruz monthly event. The conversation covered a wide range of topics, and included readings from several of her books.
- Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths (2013), collected poems
- Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American poets Speak to the World (2013), editor
- The Forbidden – Poems from Iran and its Exiles (2012), editor
- Sin – Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (2010), translator
- Rooftops of Tehran (2008), collected poems
- Song of Myself, by Walt Whitman, translated into Persian
- The Scar Saloon (2004), collected poems
Sholeh’s most recent collection of poems is Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths.
Sholeh has also worked extensively as a translator. She read for Poetry Show listeners a selection from her translation of The Conference of the Birds, a poetic work by the 12th-century Persian Attar of Nishapur.
Two weeks ago, we whetted listeners’ appetites with selections from The Scar Saloon CD, recorded in 2006, - the author reading the poems from the book, accompanied by traditional and contemporary Iranian music.