“Writing from a Complex Ethnic Identity” in Multicultural Literature in the United States Today, United States of America Embassy, 2009

“Writing from a Complex Ethnic Identity” in Multicultural Literature in the United States Today
United States of America Embass
y, February 9, 2009

It has taken some time for American readers to appreciate the complexities, hardships, and beauty of the Iranian immigrant experience — and the body of literature that now describes that experience. A young but flourishing literature of the Iranian Diaspora has finally taken hold.

"Writing from a Complex Ethnic Idenitty" in Multicultural Literature in the United States Today

“Rumi’s Conversation with Shams on the Occasion of his 800th Birthday,” in The Pedestal Magazine, www.thepedestalmagazine.com, Issue 46, June-August 2008

“Rumi’s Conversation with Shams on the Occasion of his 800th Birthday,” in The Pedestal Magazine,  www.thepedestalmagazine.com, Issue 46, June-August 2008

When the old man (820 years or so, we think) looked up from the
well
Tired with the wetness of ages
The younger man (only 800 years) laughed fierce and hard
The deep belly laugh of delight
And longing satisfied…

"Rumi’s Conversation with Shams on the Occasion of his 800th Birthday,” in The Pedestal Magazine,   www.thepedestalmagazine.com, Issue 46, June-August 2008.

“No Regrets” in The New Verse News, 2007

“No Regrets” in The New Verse News, 2007

NO REGRETS

On hearing of Paul Tibbets’s death–November 1, 2007

You could say “I’ve seen it all baby”
and no one could dispute that.
At 92, you’d lived to say “I have no
regrets”– even while remembering
the blue flash of light, the mushroom cloud
you must have seen as beautiful and clean
when the plane you piloted
circled the dark island one last time…

"No Regrets" in The New Verse News, 2007