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Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths

Poems

Sholeh Wolpé

Publication Year: 2013

Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, Sholeh Wolpé’s third collection of poems, is a surreal journey of sorrows and sins, of love, ghosts, and Saudi princes, of banishment inside one’s own skin. Wild in its leaps and images, these poems explore personal and psychological exile from a marriage, lovers, expectations, and finally, country.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

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”

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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p. 89-89


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755160
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557286284

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2013