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Iranian poet and playwright


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Rosa Jamali was born in November 1977. She has studied Drama in the Art University of Tehran.Her first book ' This Dead Body Is not an Apple, It Is Either a Cucumber or a Pear'was published in 1997.Pretty soon there were quite a lot of reviews on  the book in the literary magazines. She describes an absurd world in which words have lost their real meanings, they're just objects jumbled in the world. She breaks the syntax & there are quite a lot of word plays. The main theme of the book is the identity of objects & the objects are coming from a modern everyday life with all its necessities. Very soon the book with all its suggestions opens a new panorama in  creative Persian poetry.
Her second collection of poetry was published in the same year'Making a Face'.In this book you confront the application of different types of discourse, sometimes archaic sometimes colloquial, spoken, written, formal, informal, journal like, reporting, scientific & so. Her erotic poems & the challenge she describes boldly throughout poetry.She has adapted a kind of music from classical Persian poetry & has given it the natural tone of speaking.The way she narrates is the stream of consciousness.She tries to mingle the long and short phrases. Her bitter sense of humour and the creative points she offers in the style makes her work distinctive.
During these years she writes a number of book reviews and critical articles and she explains her views throughout reviewing others' poetry.
Her third book of poetry came out in 2002.'Making Coffee To Run A Crime Story'.In this book there's a long poem by this name, a long dramatic poem which comes across the most important Persian long story'Blind Owl' by 'Sadegh Hedayat'. In blind owl the narrator of the story who is a man chops a woman to pieces and in this poem on the contrary the woman does the job. The descriptions are the ones you see in crime fiction but here the narrator exists inside the story and the point of view changes very often. The words are so cruel and rough that you can't believe a woman has written that. In an Interview she says:
'I've been inspired by mythologicl women and Greek tragedies as Medea who kills her children and sets the fire to burn, as Antigone who doesn't know a place to bury her  dead brother and in the history of Islam there's a woman who's called 'Hendeye jegarxar'who is a fame in cruelty who eats the fallen pieces of Prophet Mohammad's uncle.Also I've been inspired by crime fiction, but there's a point you see in Greek tragedies a murder is a sacrifice and to set one's free and for salvation but in a civilized society as Dostoyevski describes in 'crime & punishment' when Roskolnikov kills he falls to regret. In my poem I wanted to convey that old mythological significance.'
The poem has got a lot references to bible, mythes & characters.
In other poems of this book again you see the poet creates the atmosphere of a machinary life.
In her recent poems she talks about death & love from a philosophical point of view as Omar Khayyam did so many years ago.A book named ' The sand glass which has fallen asleep…'
Her poems have been translated to English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Kurdish, ,Esperanto & Bangla..
In 2001 she has been a nominated guest in Asian & African study center in London and in September 2006 she has taken part in a cultural programme with Jana Beranova(Dutch poet) , in which her poems were translated to Dutch and Branova's poems were translated to Persian. The programme took place in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) . In this programme she has talked about her poems in English & answered  the questions of the Dutch audience present in the place.
She has also translated  a selected poems of Yeats to Persian.
'The shadow ' is a play by Rosa Jomali. The police is seeking for a murderer, a woman but he's found eleven women resembling the murderer. The setting is a room.There are two women in black, covered their hair in black headscarves confronting each other in a shelter.They were born on the same day and they've got one name.They both married a man called Parviz.
A challenge of identity let them kill each other. At the end a third woman exactly like them enters the same room, finding a piece of paper: 'The police has arrested 13 women by that face, two were  found dead.'
'Here Gravity Is Less', her selected poems is under print now.

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