Honey/Manila Portfolio

By Farnoosh Fathi b. 1981 Farnoosh Fathi
This is not a book. Otherwise, by now
We would love each other.
You would not put me first,
Out of a kind habit, under your coat
And clutch—as a sudden rain
Spate down. For I've seen it done
For the hardly known.

No, you would know with a book you love:
How nothing held your eyes
The way the words did, with archer-focus:
How each arrow heading toward you
Was slowed by the dripping beehive
On its spike—

Nothing else could hold what you are
Still: I pressed your heart in speech and saw
What a musical you let rush, nothing
Else in the eyes. This is not a book,
But a streak—
Words cross reins—
The brow splits, veins careen.

Farnoosh Fathi, "Honey/Manila Portfolio" from Great Guns. Copyright © 2013 by Farnoosh Fathi.  Reprinted by permission of Canarium Books.

Source: Great Guns (Canarium Books, 2013)

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Poet Farnoosh Fathi b. 1981


Subjects Love, Desire, Romantic Love, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books

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Farnoosh Fathi was born in 1981 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Iranian parents. Raised in California, she attended Chadwick School and UCLA. She earned an MA from NYU and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Boston Review, High Chair, Fence, and other journals. Her translations of poetry have appeared in Circumference and Jacket2, her interviews with poets can . . .

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