THE POWER OF POETRY: PUTTING A FEMALE SPIN ON RUMI
The most popular translations of the 13th-century poet, Sufi mystic and philosopher known as Rumi have been produced by English-speaking white men. And while that’s helped turn him into one of the best selling poets in the U.S. and has influenced everything from Coldplay albums to tattoos, some people have questioned what’s missing from these interpretations. Perhaps that’s a Persian woman’s perspective.
Ari Honarvar, born and raised in Shiraz, Iran, has always felt a deep connection with the poets of her Persian culture, “where poetry is so much part of a person that we can’t distinguish us from the poem,” she says.
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