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[Poetry Friday] Attar’s Parable Of A Crying Lover

"Parable Of A Crying Lover" by Attar translated by Sholeh Wolpe in "The Conference Of The Birds."

Myra here.

Thank you to Matt Forest of Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme for hosting this week.

I have been raiding my bookshelves looking for international poetry books, and I am pleased to see that I do have quite a collection – but still not as many as I wish. Here is one title that I purchased a few years back, but still have not had a chance to read through. Translated from the Persian by Sholeh Wolpe, this book features the poetic, parable-ridden, mystical narrative of Attar’s The Conference Of The Birds.

The Conference Of The Birds by Attar Translated by Sholeh Wolpe (Amazon | Book Depository)
Published by W. W. Norton Company (2017) Literary Award: لاک‌پشت پرنده Nominee (2017)
ISBN: 0393292185 (ISBN13: 9780393292183) Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me and edited using an iPhone app.

In her Introductory Translator’s Note, Sholeh Wolpe noted that it is best to read the entire book from start to finish. It is probably not a book to dip into, as the poetic verses and the parables written in lyrical prose are all interconnected and interwoven within a single, overarching narrative. However, I did try to flip through the pages and find a few titles that spoke to me, and hopefully would speak with the Poetry Friday community as well.

Here is one:

I find that there is this constant theme of holding on and letting go, embracing one’s pain and setting one’s self free. It is also evident in this poem here:

I have a feeling that this book will find me again when I am ready for its truths.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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