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Shadab Zeest-Hashmi







The tongue in the Dictionary 


   does all the defining


(It will never 


   be tried 


at the Hague)




is a translucence


    milked from a mature snake



is the velvet click


    of a drone attack



is that lusty flicker


    you and I saw at a mass grave






Shadab Zeest Hashmi's Baker of Tarifa, a book based on the history of


interfaith tolerance in Al Andalus, won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for 


poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize multiple 


times, and have been translated into Spanish and Urdu. She is the winner 


of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize and her work has appeared in Poetry 


International, The Cortland Review, Vallum, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, The Bitter 


Oleander, Drunken Boat, RHINO, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, Spillway, 


The Adirondack Review, and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Wasafiri, 


among other journals. She represents Pakistan on the website UniVerse: A 


United Nations of Poetry, and has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State 


University as a writer-in-residence. She is a guest columnist for 3 Quarks Daily. 


Kohl and Chalk is her new book of poems.

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