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Rooftops of Tehran

Sholeh Wolpe

Publication Year: 2008

Rooftops of Tehran is a collection of poetry told from the perspective of a woman who has lived in the world of Persian-Islamic culture and immigrated to the United States. Wolpe writes with a keen insight into humanity the rich characters this world gives rise to.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-9

Section 1. Rooftop

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pp. 13-14

Rooftop

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p. 15-15

I Was Sung into This World

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pp. 16-18

Section 2. View from Above

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pp. 19-20

The Cross-Eyed Girl

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p. 21-21

The Attack of the Crows

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p. 22-22

Rain, Rain All Week

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p. 23-23

Surgeons

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p. 24-24

Orphanage in Shiraz

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p. 25-25

Tehran Treats

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p. 26-26

Knowing the Food on the Table

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p. 27-27

She Forgot

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pp. 28-29

Home

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p. 30-30

Rooftops of Tehran

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p. 31-31

Confined

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p. 32-32

Longing

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p. 33-33

Shimran Café Adventure

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pp. 34-35

Middle Eastern Eyebrows

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p. 36-36

Sweet Sixteen

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p. 37-37

Secrets

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p. 38-38

Shame

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p. 39-39

Villages of the Unseen

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p. 40-40

Religious Education

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p. 41-41

The Village Well

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p. 42-42

By the Caspian Sea

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p. 43-43

Suicidal Stars

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p. 44-44

Arrival

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p. 45-45

Your Toes

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p. 46-46

Azza, The Ceremony of Grief

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p. 47-47

At Her Father’s Memorial Service

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p. 48-48

The Six-Fingered Man

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p. 49-49

Waiting

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p. 50-50

Awakening

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p. 51-51

View from Above

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p. 52-52

Section 3. The Tulips of Tehran

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pp. 53-54

The Tulips of Tehran

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p. 55-55

Censored Poem

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p. 56-56

Daddy’s Key

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p. 57-57

Telephoning a Poet

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pp. 58-59

The Men, Plural

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p. 60-60

Stoning the Prostitute

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p. 61-61

Honor

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p. 62-62

Bam

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p. 63-63

After the Tsunami

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p. 64-64

His Parents “Disappeared” in the Suburbs of Tehran

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p. 65-65

“Endless Love,” Islamic Revolutionary Style

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p. 66-66

Eternal Prayer

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p. 67-67

History Lesson

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p. 68-68

Going Back to Iran

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pp. 69-70

Section 4. No Apple Trees in This Paradise

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pp. 71-72

Morning After the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

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p. 73-73

The Wall

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pp. 74-75

Step Out

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p. 76-76

The Photograph

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p. 77-77

In the End What Folly

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p. 78-78

No Apple Trees in This Paradise

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p. 79-79

And So It Goes . . .

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p. 80-80

Holy Water

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p. 81-81

The Outsider

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p. 82-82

Moral America

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p. 83-83

At Reno Airport

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pp. 84-85

Los Angeles, 2007

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pp. 86-87

The Deep Dive

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pp. 88-90

Section 5. Defiance

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pp. 91-92

Naked

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p. 93-93

Weed Killer

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pp. 94-95

The Appointment

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p. 96-96

Max Ernst’s “A Hundred Thousand Doves”

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p. 97-97

Bees

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p. 98-98

Walking in the Woods

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p. 99-99

That Desire Called Sin

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p. 100-100

If Only We Could Hear Fish Sing

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pp. 101-102

Section 6. Axing the Horses

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pp. 103-104

Axing the Horses

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pp. 105-108

Vocabulary

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p. 109-109

References

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pp. 110-112


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093941
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091107
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091103

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: First

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