Essays


The Battle of Fromelles

The Paris Review asked those whose translations appeared in the summer issue to contribute to their online “Staff Picks” feature, a brief note on something each of us has been reading or watching. This micro-essay pursues 250 Australian and British soldiers who went “missing” in the Battle of Fromelles in 1916, and who were finally tracked down and reburied with full honors in 2010. Maps and aerial reconnaissance photos included. View here. (2020).


“Dispatches from a Pandemic.”

The Harvard Review asked some of its authors to contribute to this online feature. Dispatches came in from all over the world, and here’s mine, from the Upper East Side. (2020).


“The Untranslatable.”

The Paris Review asked the translators from its summer issue to discuss a word or a line that evaded any efforts to bring it into English. Forough Farrokzad uses the Persian word for “table” to do a dizzying array of things in her poem “After You,” discussed here. (2020).


“The Obstacle.”

The Poetry Society of America asked for author comments on a poem from Salient. A discussion on the origins of the poem, “The Obstacle,” and its context within the book, can be found in their “In Their Own Words” feature on the PSA site, here. (2020).


“Coming in on a Wing and a Lyre: Nathaniel Tarn’s Avia”

Dispatches from the Poetry Wars (March 2019).


Iran: Poems of Dissent

Introductory essay, Poetry International No. 18/19. (2013).


POETRY, Letter to the Editor

Poetry, Vol. 203, No. 1 (October 2013).


The Origins of a Text

The Harvard Review. (Spring 1995).


Reviews


“How Pirate and Parrot (Mis)Understand One Another” Review of The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, by Eugene Ostashevsky

Hyperallergic (April 2017).
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“Squaring the Circle” Review of CANTILENA

Hyperallergic (July 2016).
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Maudelle Driskell, Talismans.

The Collagist, Issue #65 (December 2014).
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Amirrezvani, Anita and Persis Karim, Eds. Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers

The Harvard Review Online (September 2014).


Eliza Griswold, Tr. I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan

The Harvard Review Online (June 2014).


Heidi Lynn Staples. Noise Event

The Harvard Review Online (February 2014).


Niloufar Talebi, trans. BeLonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World

The Harvard Review Online. (January 2011).


Agha Shahid Ali. Call Me Ishmael Tonight

The Harvard Review. 25 (Fall 2003).


Sebastian Faulks and Jorg Hensgen. The Vintage Book of War Fiction

The Harvard Review. 24 (Spring 2003).


Agha Shahid Ali. Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English

The Harvard Review. 20 (Spring 2001).


“Squaring the Circle” Review of CANTILENA, by John Peck Hyperallergic (July 2016)

C. P. Cavafy. The Essential Cavafy. Edmund Keeley and Phillip Sherrard, trans

The Harvard Review. 10 (Spring 1996).


The Cilappatikaram of Ilanko Atikal. R. Parthasarthy, trans.

The Harvard Review. 9 (Fall 1995).


Henri Michaux. Darkness Moves: An Henri Michaux Anthology, 1927-1984. David Ball, trans

The Harvard Review. 8 (Spring 1995).