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  • Two Poems
  • Sholeh Wolpé (bio)

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

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.



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