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Only the blue remains unchanged



Parinaz Eleish
June 15, 2006

From "Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora", edited by Persis Karim, (University of Arkansas Press, May 1, 2006). Karim is on a U.S. book tour. See schedule.


And so the trains passed me by.

Winter arrived

and fall left me standing still

in a twilight of flames.


Who was it that came

to rescue

these slippery vowels from disgrace,

and the four luminous geranium leaves

from leaving my dreams?

And was it again winter?


And who was it that came

by that gray mass of iron

into this broken station

to spread red paisley carpets

in the lost rooms of my eyes?

Upcoming readings with Persis Karim and contributing authors
* June 15, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, 7pm
* June 18, Beverly Hills Library Auditorium, 7pm
* June 21, Capitola Book Cafe, Capitola, 7pm
* June 22, Kepler's Bookstore, Menlo Park, 7:30pm
* June 26, Cody's Books, Berkeley, (4th St), 7 pm
* June 29, Modern Times, San Francisco, 7:30 pm
* July 6, Book Passage, Corte Madera, 7pm
* July 11, Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago, 7pm
* July 12, The Loft, Minneapolis, 7 pm

For more information see:

For letters section
Contact Persis Karim

Persis Karim


Book of the day

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

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