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Sympathy

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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)

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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 be found in The Brooklyn Rail, and her essay on Emily Dickinson’s influence on contemporary poetry can be found in The Emily Dickinson Journal. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, she currently lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.

    In April 2014, Farnoosh Fathi was a featured writer for Harriet.

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