Iranian Darwins

Knives in bushes, man-made thorns so striking

they draw rose blood, arterial angels

on the sidewalk, faces heavy with frost

falling to splashes of life in the spring.

So the fate of Persian writers: cutthroat

competition for the national ear

breeding fuller Shirazi
boom booms!, hearts

exploding in old neighborhoods, bearded

Muslims, Iranian Darwins seeing

an end to certain characters who fail

to follow the revolution, discordant

cadence rejected, reduced to flat line.

Heading home with poems from my uncle

Tucked in my coat, I slipped on ice and fell.

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