A Revolution On The Page: Finding Identity In Poetry

NPR – Roya Hakakian’s most recent English-language book is Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, a 2011 Notable Book. She is also the author of For the Sake of Water, a collection of poems in Persian.

An immigrant’s arrival in America has a distinct physical beginning marked by the landing of one’s plane. But there’s another arrival, the cultural one, that’s incremental, perpetual.

Of these latter sort of arrivals, the most memorable for me occurred nearly 20 years ago. I was still a new refugee, my heart’s gaze fixed upon all that I’d left behind — upon Iran and the beloved language which, to the fledgling poet in me, meant everything at the time.

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