Studying a Butterfly
Edited by Gjekë Marinaj, PhD
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stories, Persian poetry, Russian art and literature, French philosophy, and Christian literature, Farid
Huseyn creates vivid imagery of loss and rebirth, solitude and hope with his collection of poems.
Studying a Butterfly examines the struggles of love with ancient and modern metaphors. With comparisons
to Adam’s gift of a rib to Eve in the Christian account of creation, alongside more contemporary images of
feeding birds for his beloved, he conveys sacrifice for love.
His work also seeks to capture the solitude and despair of lost love, not only in a romantic sense, but in the
loss of family. In a poem addressed to the Christian prophet Joseph, Huseyn draws parallels to the
darkness felt by his mother after the death of his father to the darkness felt by Joseph while trapped in a
In his more modern accounts of lost love, Huseyn writes about the anguish caused by war. Using powerful
phrases like “Everyone was hidden in the voice of the bullet…” he conveys the grief of having to bury a
loved one killed in war.
However, while Huseyn’s work eloquently captures loss, it also captures themes of rejuvenation. In parallel
to the book’s title, the work uses the imagery of wings to speak to exposing oneself and the truth. Though
“My wings were shot at as I fly away,” Huseyn writes, “I have no regret.”
He also strikes a hopeful note in spite of struggle ¬– “You must be rain for the sake of flowers,” he notes,
“Then you will know how babies/Are born in spite of bullets…”
A poet, essayist, translator, journalist, and editor, Huseyn’s work has been translated and published in
several countries, including Russia, Belarus, England, Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia and Georgia. He is also a
member of the Azerbaijani Writers’ Union and is editor of the literary section of the Kaspi newspaper.
A native of Kurdamir City, Azerbaijan, Huseyn holds a degree in poetry from the Azerbaijan Slavic
University and is currently completing a doctorate in literature.
Studying a Butterfly was translated by Javanshir Yusifli.
The work lends empathy in loss and feelings of despair while giving a refreshing glimpse of hope in spite of
adversity. With its depth of cultural references and elegant writing style, Huseyn’s newest work captures
humanity’s deepest struggles and most victorious triumphs.
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