Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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Part A(s If Change Were Possible)

Ghost Story

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p. 3

Dear Regime,

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p. 4

Body Cleaner

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pp. 5-6

In Praise of Moths

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pp. 7-18

Agha D—

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p. 19

I Watched You Braiding Persian Violets into Your Hair

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p. 20

Calligraphy

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pp. 21-22

Cousin Farzad’s Wedding

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pp. 23-24

At the Firing Squad

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p. 25

Athletes Make the Best Persian Pornography

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p. 26

Satellite of Love

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pp. 27-28

AK, a Figurehead of the Revolution, Interviews the Author

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pp. 29-30

Eating Chelo at Aunt Behjat’s in Tehran

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p. 31

Prelude to a Blackout

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p. 32

Iranian Darwins

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p. 33

At the Hezbollah Recruiting Station

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p. 34

Dear Regime (Letters toward a Revolution)

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p. 35

Revolutionary Reflections

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p. 36

Part B(ut Poetry Doesn’t Make Revolutions)

Essential Journey

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pp. 39-40

Flying to Persia

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p. 41

Dowsing

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pp. 42-43

Qormeh Sabzi

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pp. 44-45

Khomeini’s Beard

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p. 46

Doctor

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pp. 47-48

Thigh

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p. 49

Haji as Stick Figure

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p. 50

Permissible Grapes, Forbidden Wine

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p. 51

This Little Haji

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p. 52

Jun

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p. 53

Adidas

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p. 54

Persian Haiku

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p. 55

Haji’s Rubaiyyat

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pp. 56-57

When Haji Comes to Town

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p. 58

Advertisement Proposal

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p. 59

The Hysterical Is Historical: An Interview with Haji

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pp. 60-62

Farrokhzad’s Paper Hat

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p. 63

Haji as Street Urchin

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p. 64

Haji’s Garden

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p. 65

If a Body Catches Haji

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pp. 66-67

Picnic

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p. 68

Tanboor

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pp. 69-70

Reinstatement of the Rose

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pp. 71-72

Part C(ontextual Notes)

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pp. 73-76