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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

If the cur­rent, almost dai­ly rev­e­la­tions about the sex­u­al­ly preda­to­ry behav­ior of pow­er­ful men demon­strate any­thing, it’s the per­va­sive­ness of sex­u­al violence–against girls and women and men and boys–in Amer­i­can soci­ety; and I mean all of Amer­i­can soci­ety. We are learn­ing about these men because their posi­tions of pow­er, priv­i­lege, and pres­tige make the vio­lence […]

<span class="dquo">“</span>Words for What Those Men Have Done” —  It’s Official and It’s a Launch!

Words for What Those Men Have Done” — It’s Official and It’s a Launch!

Ican­not tell you how excit­ed I am that Words for What Those Men Have Done, my sec­ond full-length col­lec­tion of poet­ry, is offi­cial­ly in the world. And I am equal­ly excit­ed to announce the New York City book launch, which will be on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5th, from 7:00–8:30 PM, at Kew & Wil­low Books, 81–63 […]

Some Thoughts About Harvey Weinstein and What He Represents

Some Thoughts About Harvey Weinstein and What He Represents

I met my Har­vey Wein­stein when I was around 13 years old. He was the head wait­er at the cater­ing hall where I worked, and he spent the next three or four years grop­ing and fondling me as often and in as many ways as he could. Once, when we had back-to-back jobs to work […]

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