Traces of Nostalgia

A Poetry Reading By Dick Davis January 16, 2009

Widely recognized as the preeminent translator of Persian poetry and verse into English today—having rendered such literary masterpieces as Attar’s Conference of the Birds, Ferdowsi’s epic Shahnameh in three volumes, Gorgani’s Vis and Ramin, and Pezeshkzad’s My Uncle Napoleon—Prof. Dick Davis is also an award-winning poet with exceptional prosodic skill and range.

Among Davis’s numerous collections of poetry are A Trick of Sunlight (Ohio University Press 2006); Belonging (Anvil Press Poetry 2002); A New Kind of Love (University of Arkansas Press 1991); Devices and Desires: New and Selected Poems 1967-1987 (Anvil Press Poetry 2002); and Covenant Poems 1979-1983 (Learning Links 1989).

Having lived in Iran for eight formative years, Davis has also composed a number of poems that shed a unique light on various aspects of the country’s rich and diverse culture. In this special program, Prof. Davis will share a number of his “Iran-centered” poems, reflecting on why he was inspired to compose them and the special circumstances in which they were written.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London, Dick Davis is currently Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University.

Location: *University Club of New York
One West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019