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May 21, 2006


We opened crates in the barn.

Shipping crates.  Crow bars.  Bales of hay,

the sun in the open bays and the summer air charged

for a storm.

My son, who did not exist

when these boxes were packed

twenty-three years ago,

helped with the heavy lifting,

shifted that nail-studded chipboard lid

as if it weighed no more

than a withered old revolution.


From "Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora" edited by Persis M. Karim (University of Arkansas Press, 2006).

For letters section
To Zara Houshmand

Zara Houshmand


Book of the day

The Pursuit of Pleasure
Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900
by Rudi Matthee

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