A Heartbeat

the wind here

has a different sort of color

a color like your hair

like wild horses

and a heartbeat that is rising




                    –trans. by Negar Emrani and Kaveh Akbar


Negar Emrani studied Biotechnology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and Islamic Azad University of Tehran. Her poetry has appeared in TINGE, Chagrin River Review, Literati, and elsewhere. She lives in Mashhad, Iran.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kaveh Akbar's debut collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in November 2017.