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For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

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...

The Silence of Men

The Silence of Men

CavanKer­ry Press 2006 ISBN: 0972304584 Cov­er Price: $16 On Sale at CKP for $12.80 from Yusef Komunyaaka’s Fore­word: “If beau­ty resides in truth, then there are moments of severe beau­ty and tan­ta­liz­ing ener­gy in Richard Jef­frey...

Selections from Saadi’s <i>Bustan</i>

Selections from Saadi’s Bustan

Glob­al Schol­ar­ly Pub­li­ca­tions 2006 Request an uncor­rect­ed proof of Selec­tions from Saadi’s Bus­tan Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Selec­tions from Saadi’s Bus­tan is out of print and the pub­lish­er, Glob­al Schol­ar­ly...

Selections from Saadi’s <i>Gulistan</i>

Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan

Glob­al Schol­ar­ly Pub­li­ca­tions 2004 Request an uncor­rect­ed proof of Selec­tions from Saadi’s Gulis­tan Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Selec­tions from Saadi’s Gulis­tan is out of print and the pub­lish­er, Glob­al Schol­ar­ly...

Sample Poems from For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

Sample Poems from For My Son, A Kind of Prayer

“Free Radicals”“My Son’s Theology”“My Son Asks Me to Make a Poem from His Dream”“Free Rad­i­cals” Free Rad­i­cals Leaves fall onto the pond ran­dom par­ti­cles danc­ing to laws they couldn’t name even if the god that does not exist descend­ed...

Sample Poems from The Silence of Men

Sample Poems from The Silence of Men

“The Silence of Men”“The Taste of A Lit­tle Boy’s Trust”“Home”“The Speed and Weight of Justice”“The Haunting”“The Silence of Men” The Silence Of Men A man I’ve nev­er dreamed before walks into my apart­ment and sits in the green chair where I do...

Excerpts from The Teller of Tales

Excerpts from The Teller of Tales

from “Kayumars“from “Hushang“from “Tahmures“from “Jamshid“from “Zahhak“from “Kaveh“from “Kayu­mars” from “Kayu­mars” Kayu­mars, whose king­dom stretched across the wide world, who wore the world’s first crown and called his throne the seat of...

Excerpts from Selections from Saadi’s Bustan

Excerpts from Selections from Saadi’s Bustan

from “Justice“from “Generosity“from “Ecsta­t­ic Love“from “Humility“from “Contentment“from “Jus­tice” The Crown You Wear Would Not Exist With­out Them I’ve heard that with his dying breaths Nushir­van advised his son Hor­muz on how to rule...

Excerpts from Selection from Saadi’s Gulistan

Excerpts from Selection from Saadi’s Gulistan

from “Kings“from “Darvishes“from “Contentment“from “Education“from “Social Conduct“from “Kings” Sto­ry 10 An Arab king who was noto­ri­ous for his cru­el­ty came on a pil­grim­age to the cathe­dral mosque of Dam­as­cus, where he offered the...