"[She] loved as in our age
People already do no longer; as only
The wild soul of a poet
Is still condemned to love"
Ever since her tragic death in a car accident in 1967, Forough Farrokhzad
has been drawing thousands of visitors to the Zahir-al-Doleh cemetery in Tehran. They come to lay flowers, recite poetry and light candles on the grave of the poet
who has become an inspiration to women not only in Iran
, but wherever women's rights are severely curtailed. If she had survived her car crash, the poet would have celebrated her seventieth birthday this year
. Farrokhzad was also a film director
: her documentary The House is Black
is considered a masterpiece by filmmakers like Abbas Kiarostami
and Chris Marker
like Jonathan Rosenbaum
. More inside.
Showing Off a Little (Inner) Cleavage.
Author Geralyn Lucas
wore bright, red lipstick to her mastectomy. "It was my way of saying I knew I would still be a woman when I woke up with a blood-soaked bandage where my breast used to be... women have sacrificed breasts and hair to try to save their lives. We have traded in our beauty for some kind of cure. But something strange often happens when we lose the bling
— the big boobs and big hair — of womanhood. We're left with what I call 'inner cleavage
,' and no plastic surgeon can sculpt it. It is the beauty that exists when everything else has been stripped away".
. More inside.
From muse to master
started out as a Vogue model, but by 1930 she had moved behind the lens
to take piercing photographs
-- culminating in her rage-fuelled portraits of Nazi
kitsch. The "Lee Miller: Portraits
" exhibit is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from February 3 until May 30. More inside.