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Shadab Zeest Hashmi
I’ve slipped into a hundred
and thirty two coffins
of the full smile
scented with Euclyptus
baby shampoo pencil peels
for whom we had grown trees
for fruit and shade
For children killed in #PeshawarAttacks 12.16.14
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.