Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xi

A Note to the Reader

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pp. xiii-xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xviii

One Saturday afternoon while walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, I gave into the urge to stop people at random and ask them what came to their minds when I mentioned Iran. Here are some of their responses: Islamic government, human rights violations, a nuclear...

The State of Red

And Behold

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pp. 3-3

In This Dead-End Road

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pp. 4-5

Death Sermon

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pp. 6-6

The State of Red

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pp. 7-8

Parts of a Pedestrian in a Tunnel

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pp. 9-11

Of Sea Wayfarers

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pp. 12-13

Blood and Ash

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pp. 14-14

Camouflage Costumes

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pp. 15-15

Untitled

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pp. 16-17

A Mob! Tumult!

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pp. 18-18

My House Is Cloudy

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pp. 19-19

Blood’s Voice

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pp. 20-23

If Rising from Your Grave

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pp. 24-24

Death from the Window

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pp. 25-25

Life

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pp. 26-26

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The Sticky Dream of a Banished Butterfly (Excerpt)

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pp. 27-28

Maryam Hooleh

Our Tears Are Sweet

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pp. 29-29

I See the Sea . . .

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pp. 30-31

You Said, It’s Only Grapes

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pp. 32-51

Translating Silence

Me

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pp. 35-35

The Poem

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pp. 36-40

From “23”

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pp. 41-43

The Shah and Hosseinzadeh

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pp. 44-44

Hosseinzadeh, the Head Executioner

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pp. 45-46

Ass Poem

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pp. 47-47

Depression

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pp. 48-48

Petition

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pp. 49-49

A List of Names

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pp. 50-52

Nargess

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pp. 53-53

Always the Same . . .

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pp. 54-55

I Did Not Expect

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pp. 56-57

Of Your Uncles

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pp. 58-59

99 Names of Exile

99 Names of Exile

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pp. 63-63

Ghazal 2

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pp. 64-64

Spring Story

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pp. 65-66

Marco Polo

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pp. 67-69

Red-Raft Woman

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pp. 70-70

Map of Ashen Roads

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pp. 71-72

Memorial Day

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pp. 73-74

Family of Scatterable Mines

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pp. 75-75

Airport

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pp. 76-77

Bleeding Green

From Green to Green

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pp. 81-81

The Green of Iran

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pp. 82-83

Song of a Forbidden Woman

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pp. 84-85

At the Hamlet of Golestaneh

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pp. 86-87

Summer Is a Green Story

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pp. 88-89

A New Idea

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pp. 90-90

Feminist

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pp. 91-92

When a Color Stops Being a Color, Becomes Something Else Completely

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pp. 93-95

Rebellious God

Rebellious God

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pp. 99-100

Lovers!

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pp. 101-101

Return to the Wellspring

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pp. 102-103

Criticizing the Veil

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pp. 104-106

Collage Sixteen

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pp. 107-107

Martyrs of Iran

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pp. 108-109

I Didn’t Ask for My Parents

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pp. 110-110

God’s Poem

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pp. 111-111

Fire; take a step . . .

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pp. 112-112

Hezbollah

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pp. 113-113

A Homily on Leaving

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pp. 114-115

Religion

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pp. 116-116

Of Leaving

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pp. 117-117

Stepping through Time

The Art of Stepping through Time

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pp. 121-122

In Praise of Big Noses

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pp. 123-124

Untitled

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pp. 125-125

Those Who Stood Up for Tolerance

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pp. 126-126

Rhyme by Rhyme

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pp. 127-127

Stay Light on Your Feet

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pp. 128-128

Collage Eleven

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pp. 129-129

Collage Fourteen

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pp. 130-130

The Plumber’s Poem

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pp. 131-131

My Hands Tremble Yet Again—A Soliloquy

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pp. 132-133

Hot Tea, a Warm Muffin

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pp. 134-134

Mulberries and Chador

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pp. 135-135

Return from My Body’s Black-and-Blue

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pp. 136-136

Caravan

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pp. 137-139

Connection

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pp. 140-141

I Won’t Quit Loving

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pp. 142-142

Morning Star

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pp. 143-144

Twittering

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pp. 145-146

Someone like No One

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pp. 147-150

Water

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pp. 151-152

About the Poets and Translators

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pp. 153-163