Acclaimed poet known as 'lioness of Iran'
Simin Behbahani, 87, a famed Iranian poet who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the challenges facing those living in her homeland, died Tuesday in Tehran. She had been hospitalized and unconscious since Aug. 6 and died of heart failure and breathing problems, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.
Born Simin Khalili in Tehran on July 20, 1927, Behbahani taught high school for many years.
Her poems came in a variety of styles, far from classical and routine forms normally associated with Persian prose.