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SAYAT-NOVA

"All Good Things" by Basir Mahmood

dates from Baghdad's airport
fatly nested in paper sleeves
all that city's sweetness
in our stomachs far away     not there


chew another before the first is swallowed and
look to the sea!
look away from the sea!    


sunlight                on paper face
sunlight                on telephone wire
sunlight                a puddle    this ocean to nowhere
[where once i saw a turtle and never again]


sunlight
ceiling of orthodox blue of pressed powder of spilled ink
how?
the tiny window with its tiny colors and child's hand
i am elsewhere    my skin a buzz    


urinate while squatting
while buzzing 


here! a small saucer for your tears
a small cup of loam for your teeth
a wall of concrete sinks


i am not the same


and from your pocket your hand
and from your hand a small lamb
my lover     my thief
fish fat on carob leaf
kisses of fish fat
our velvet mouths


open dumb to close so sweet

By Basir Mahmood, "All Divided Equally 1"
"All Divided Equally 2"
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Sylvie Robinson

Sylvie Robinson is a junior at AUB majoring in anthropology and sociology. She has been previously published by Inklette Magazine and the Academy of American Poetry and is a recipient of the 2018 Academy of American Poetry Prize.

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Sylvie Robinson is a junior at AUB majoring in anthropology and sociology. She has been previously published by<em> Inklette Magazine</em> and the Academy of American Poetry and is a recipient of the 2018 Academy of American Poetry Prize.

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