girl with a jar of vaseline

I draw what I feel
to be true: a cluster of dots
stretching across my back
the distance between land
and water at night
a longing shadowed
by the sun’s slow climb
in time stillness becomes
both theory and myth
I trade the space
of my stomach the swirl
of ice in the bed sheets
the flower blooming back
a cluster splitting into space
I reverse the possibility
of remembering
draw the unwanted hands
flip the mattress
the way I like

What Heavens

Translated from the Persian by Siavash Saadlou

ghost x garden x grow

I had to haul my baby sister out of the blood-drenched soil once I was done watering life back into the wet, clumpy post-abortion fetal tissue she used to be. Like all babies, she kicked and screamed.