Ghostbird Press 2016
Cover Price: $10
from “Without Undoing Love’s Smallest Thread”
Before you took him with you to Iran, Shahob drew a map, tracing each part of the journey on its own sheet of paper. This way, he explained, I could find you if I needed to, and you would not get lost on your way back. He mixed and matched the sections till the contours fit the shape the trip made in his mind, and when he was satisfied, he kissed me. “Now I can leave,” he said.
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