- Two Poems
high above tehran
We are exiles, children of the deadwho melted into the earth without a trace.
And I, even at ten thousand feet, seethis land as my home; bound. But look
the shadow of this plane flees too.
Home is a missing tooth.The tongue reachesfor hardnessbut falls into absence. [End Page 176]
Sholeh Wolpé is an Iranian-born writer living in Los Angeles. Her five books of poetry include Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths and Rooftops of Tehran; her three books of translation include The Conference of the Birds and Cómo escribir una canción de amor. Her honors include a PEN / Heim Translation Fund grant, Midwest Book Award, and Lois Roth Persian Translation prize.