oh teita, the language the english no it understand tongue of you. and no can i i feed you these the morsels from mouth of me. language of me the arabic half- chewed. oh teita, let me i try and i fail to fit languages of us in each other. seen i face of you split open by riot laughter. the spit it falls without grace from lips of you thins. complexion of you light; skin of you wrinkled but healthy; flecks olive they try to jump from folds of the corners of the eyes of you. can i find in the mirror eyelids of you the heavy. eyelashes of you. the echo of the nose of you. sometimes, i split open face of me with spoon, tool blunt & wrong. i want from you for you to bleed from in me into the sink, so that can i i ask these the questions sprinkled you in lungs of me. i cough out them, always in the time the wrong. i laugh. soil of the grave falls it without grace from lips of me.
Maryam Ivette Parhizkar
from an inherited notebook (I) How many teeth does the snail have? tens of thousands upon the tongue. thousands those who fell loose from within my home. a flesh so soft so full of bite. I molar– EXCEPTION––you the fangs. (II) How many words does English have? tens of thous- ands & tens of thousands obsolete.–––EXCEPTION FOR you I earned –– a credential in what was said to break in the mo uth. (III) Who are the candid
entsates for president of the USA? contra. crisis. turning point: . نقطھ عطف on the contrary. ca da paso que das. civil. The ali en must establish–––.good ness. In good faith. in case you wonder. admissible. Marr red. marriage. EXCEPTION ––. I feel like––to:–– I’m in the mud to doing s. thing. an anniversary. flow. fire fourth of july. (IV) What happened at the how do you mean.–– all those days for mastery & yet money is–– EXCEPTION––. invisible & power. to make a living. for your teeth I ghost wrote a letter so that they would un derstand. every one fallen meant new ones that I would someday give to you. flow ship. restoration. what should i do if i want to continue.–– the future. what we take as return. precious common porcelain. (V) What color of the earth from out of it home is the faint brown of a martyr’s soil. bend your head before it. salat.––sal t. it is possible that––it is– is both? alien. citizen snail. IN GENERAL––. if it is holy then one must bend before its purity. like our flesh so soft. so full. so much for repair.