By Farnoosh Fathi b. 1981 Farnoosh Fathi
Whose table is that, left on three legs?
If there’s been a mistake, it may be
in assuming less vulnerability
as one fills the vase—

whose buoyant comfort exaggerates
at the sight of his own proffered,
sympathetic hand, striking him so clean
in comparison

gloved white, magician—for a sec
he even sees the calla lily’s furl
in the gesture of voilà!

Source: Poetry (November 2011).


This poem originally appeared in the November 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

November 2011
 Farnoosh  Fathi


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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