Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

“the best way out is always through”

Ash

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pp. 3-4

The Chill

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pp. 5-14

The Honeymoon Cruise

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pp. 6-15

Matrimony

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pp. 7-16

Each day

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pp. 8-17

Measure

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pp. 9-18

Affairs

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pp. 10-19

Vision

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pp. 11-20

This Is How We Love

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pp. 12-21

Tango

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pp. 13-22

# 1

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pp. 14-23

Tenth Anniversary

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pp. 15-24

Fault Lines

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pp. 16-25

#2

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pp. 17-26

Freedom

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pp. 18-27

#3

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pp. 19-28

What Slides inside the Throat

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pp. 20-29

Illusion

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pp. 21-30

#4

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pp. 22-31

Divorce

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pp. 23-32

Ask Her Any Question and She Will AnswerLike Glass

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pp. 24-33

#5

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pp. 25-34

The Hallway

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pp. 26-35

The Art of . . .

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pp. 27-36

Help Her Leave

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pp. 28-37

#6

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pp. 29-38

The Secret Code

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pp. 30-39

Sanctuary

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pp. 31-41

“Where is the lifewe have lost in living?”

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pp. 33-43

The House on Stilt Legs

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pp. 35-36

Lost in Trinidad

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pp. 37-38

Buried Stories

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pp. 39-48

Pickles and Donuts

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pp. 40-49

The Prince

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pp. 41-43

Best Friend

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pp. 44-53

The Rosetta Stone

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pp. 45-54

At Journey’s End Resort

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pp. 46-47

Dream Labyrinth

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pp. 48-57

Rearrangement

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pp. 49-58

At the Temple of Bloomingdale

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pp. 50-59

How Hard Is It to Write a Love Song?

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pp. 51-60

Yellow to Blue

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pp. 52-53

Quasars

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pp. 54-63

Because

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pp. 55-65

“Whenever you find yourselfon the side of the majority,it is time to reform.”

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pp. 57-67

Footnotes of a Sour Savior

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pp. 59-68

The Circle

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pp. 60-69

The Green of Iran

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pp. 61-70

I Am Neda

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pp. 62-71

Rajkowska’s Palm in the Land ofAuschwitz

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pp. 63-72

The Exiles

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pp. 64-73

We Suckle on Fantasies

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pp. 65-74

Coming Home

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pp. 66-75

Keeping Time withBlue Hyacinths

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pp. 67-77

Prelude

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pp. 69-78

1st Movement

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pp. 70-79

2nd Movement

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pp. 71-80

3rd Movement

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pp. 72-81

4th Movement

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pp. 73-82

5th Movement

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pp. 74-83

6th Movement

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pp. 75-84

7th Movement

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pp. 76-85

Notes on “Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths: A NowruzSonata in Seven Movements”

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pp. 76-87

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 79-88

These poems have been in making for the past five years. Chris Abani, Tony Barnstone, Elena Karina Byrne, Nathalie Handal, and Suzanne Roberts—I can’t thank you enough. I also wish to express my gratitude to Hamid Saeidi and the Farhang Foundation, who commissioned me to write a meditation on Nowruz, the Persian New Year, for a performance at the Los Angeles County Museum of...

Back Cover

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pp. 89-89