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Ghost­bird Press 2016
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from “Without Undoing Love’s Smallest Thread”

Before you took him with you to Iran, Sha­hob drew a map, trac­ing each part of the jour­ney on its own sheet of paper. This way, he explained, I could find you if I need­ed to, and you would not get lost on your way back. He mixed and matched the sec­tions till the con­tours fit the shape the trip made in his mind, and when he was sat­is­fied, he kissed me. “Now I can leave,” he said.

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