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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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Repost: Review of “Nomad of Salt and Hard Water,” by Cynthia Dewi Oka

Repost: Review of “Nomad of Salt and Hard Water,” by Cynthia Dewi Oka

I wrote this review back in 2012, when Cyn­thia Dewey Oka’s Nomad of Salt and Hard Water was first pub­lished by Dinah Press (which, as far as I can tell, no longer exists). I am repost­ing it now for two rea­sons. First, since I am start­ing this blog from scratch, I have been going through the old posts I was able to […]

Lines That Didn’t Make The Cut: Sometimes It’s Just a Big Mess

Lines That Didn’t Make The Cut: Sometimes It’s Just a Big Mess

I don’t remem­ber where the first two lines of this came from, but some­how it end­ed up being a very long poem spo­ken most­ly by a woman decid­ing to leave her hus­band. As I read it now, it’s a big mess, some­thing in which I tried to incor­po­rate and explore a host of ideas and […]

I Know I’ve Had Orgasms That Changed Me

I Know I’ve Had Orgasms That Changed Me

A friend of mine who does not like jazz–especially any­thing that has a sax­o­phone in it–told me once about a con­ver­sa­tion she and her ex-hus­band, a seri­ous jazz-lover, had over din­ner with a cou­ple, the male half of which also loved jazz, while the female half felt sim­i­lar­ly to my friend. This sec­ond woman defined […]

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