Jasmin Darznik, Forough Farokhzad
According to IBNA
correspondent Jasmin Darznik
is the author of ‘The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life’, which became a New York Times
bestseller. She also wrote ‘Song of a Captive Bird’, a novel inspired by the life of Forugh Farrokhzad
. Her books have been published in sixteen countries.
Jasmine whom was born in Iran and came to the United States at the age of five, writes in The Literary Hub
: “I grew up in a house with very few books, but there was one that came with my family from Iran and never let me go: a slender, battered book of poetry my mother displayed on the mantle, next to photographs of our family and our country.
The cover showed a woman with kohl-lined eyes and bobbed hair, and the Persian script slanted upwards, as if in flight from the page. That book wasn’t an object or even an artifact but an atmosphere. Parting the pages released a sharp, acrid scent that was the very scent of Iran, which was also the scent of time, love, and loss.
I wouldn’t know this for a long time, but Forugh Farrokhzad, the author of that book, died in a car crash eleven years before my family left Iran for America... Her poems were revolutionary: a radical bid for self-expression and democracy written in a time and place which showed little tolerance for either, particularly when women voiced the desire for them.”
Elsewhere, she follows: “Growing up in America, I was made to think poetry is useless, that it’s dead or elitist or merely decorative. In Iran, meanwhile, there is no higher art form. Poets aren’t just venerated—they are loved.
Read Foroughs poems and you’ll find the very forces that shape our moment: misogyny, censorship, nativism, consumerism, the annihilating violence of war. Read her poems and you’ll find that they, like all the best poems, don’t merely offer a reprieve from the abuses and terrors of the world, but a repudiation of the forces that make those abuses and terrors possible: ignorance and political regimes for which ignorance has been and will always be their life’s blood.”
A Ph.D. graduate from Princeton University, Jasmin is now a professor of in the MFA and Writing and Literature programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.