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Ask The Wind

Mahnaz Badihian

2022 FAPA President's Book Award: Bronze: Poetry Ask The Wind is a collection of charming, heartwarming, and sometimes even heartbreaking poems. In them, she paints pictures of war, death, poverty, identity, immigration, belonging, and love. Her verses are clear and concise, but they also carry an authenticity to them, as if she lived every experience within them and knew all the characters personally. I would not be surprised if some of these poems are based on her personal experiences in Iran and the United States. In these emotionally charged poems, she tackles heavy subject matter in a way that triggers introspection and the evaluation of societal norms. These poems are not meant to just be read but rather experienced and reflected on.
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