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Farnaz Fatemi

About the Poet

Farnaz Fatemi is an Iranian-American poet, editor and writing teacher at the University of CA, Santa Cruz.

Recent poems or lyric essays have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Squaw Valley Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, and several anthologies, and she was a finalist for Best of the Net (non-fiction) in 2015.

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Spring 2017 »

We Were Never the Same
by Farnaz Fatemi

The world will always have sour plums
and I will always want them.
Love is a surprise party in another country.

He arrived to be the king of desire, of naming
the thing you want and then changing
its name. Prince of promise—

of getting the hell out of dodge.
We were never the same. Plum-colored universe,
spring sizzle of bees, cherry moon

of attention. Human hand. Bodies
scrubbed clean to match the rooms
behind our eyes we’ll fill with bliss.



Farnaz Fatemi ~



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