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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently in The New YorkerPoetryThe New York TimesThe Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published by Alice James Books. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he currently teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.

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Pardon my asking, but do you think I could drink
this and be okay? I am still learning the scents

of poisons, can’t yet smell them in the wild. Sip it
and tell me if you die.

Kaveh Akbar

I’ve lost the unspendable coin I
     wore around

          my neck that protected me
     from you, leaving it . . .

Kaveh Akbar