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Dear Regime
summary
In his provocative, brave, and sometimes brutal first book of poems,
Roger Sedarat directly addresses the possibility of political change in
a nation that some in America consider part of “the axis of evil.” Iranian
on his father’s side, Sedarat explores the effects of the Islamic Revolution
of 1979—including censorship, execution, and pending war—on the
country as well as on his understanding of his own origins.
Written in a style that is as sure-footed as it is experimental, Dear Regime:
Letters to the Islamic Republic
confronts the past and current injustices
of the Iranian government while retaining a sense of respect and admiration
for the country itself. Woven into this collection are the author’s vivid
descriptions of the landscape as well as the people of Iran. Throughout,
Sedarat exhibits a keen appreciation for the literary tradition of Iran, and in
making it new, attempts to preserve the culture of a country he still claims
as his own.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Part A(s If Change Were Possible)
  2. p. 1
  1. Ghost Story
  2. p. 3
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  1. Dear Regime,
  2. p. 4
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  1. Body Cleaner
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. In Praise of Moths
  2. pp. 7-18
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  1. Agha D—
  2. p. 19
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  1. I Watched You Braiding Persian Violets into Your Hair
  2. p. 20
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  1. Calligraphy
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Cousin Farzad’s Wedding
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. At the Firing Squad
  2. p. 25
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  1. Athletes Make the Best Persian Pornography
  2. p. 26
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  1. Satellite of Love
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. AK, a Figurehead of the Revolution, Interviews the Author
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Eating Chelo at Aunt Behjat’s in Tehran
  2. p. 31
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  1. Prelude to a Blackout
  2. p. 32
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  1. Iranian Darwins
  2. p. 33
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  1. At the Hezbollah Recruiting Station
  2. p. 34
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  1. Dear Regime (Letters toward a Revolution)
  2. p. 35
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  1. Revolutionary Reflections
  2. p. 36
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  1. Part B(ut Poetry Doesn’t Make Revolutions)
  2. p. 37
  1. Essential Journey
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Flying to Persia
  2. p. 41
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  1. Dowsing
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Qormeh Sabzi
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Khomeini’s Beard
  2. p. 46
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  1. Doctor
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Thigh
  2. p. 49
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  1. Haji as Stick Figure
  2. p. 50
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  1. Permissible Grapes, Forbidden Wine
  2. p. 51
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  1. This Little Haji
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  1. Jun
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  1. Adidas
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  1. Persian Haiku
  2. p. 55
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  1. Haji’s Rubaiyyat
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. When Haji Comes to Town
  2. p. 58
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  1. Advertisement Proposal
  2. p. 59
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  1. The Hysterical Is Historical: An Interview with Haji
  2. pp. 60-62
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  1. Farrokhzad’s Paper Hat
  2. p. 63
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  1. Haji as Street Urchin
  2. p. 64
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  1. Haji’s Garden
  2. p. 65
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  1. If a Body Catches Haji
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Picnic
  2. p. 68
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  1. Tanboor
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Reinstatement of the Rose
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. Part C(ontextual Notes)
  2. pp. 73-76
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