Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan

compiled, translated, and introduced by Farzana Marie

Holy Cow! Press, 2015

Summary: This is an anthology of multiple women poets from Herat. The English translation sits on one side while the original is on the opposing page. There are also brief biographies of each poet and notes on the translations. All of this I appreciated. Plus there were many other books and articles listed throughout to continue learning.

Overall this was an amazing collection. There wasn’t a weak link. All of the poets and the pieces collected reflected a range of experiences but there were common threads to link them. They were passionate and deliberate. I also thought this was a good place for me to start my journey into the history and poetry of Afghanistan because there were many fabulous poets with collections to find but also this book suggested multiple resources for more context. I highly recommend this.

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