by Khashayar Mohammadi the martyr woke dipped in the blood of the tulips how obscene is death’s description of the battlefield the nation’s newly defined borders for scale an armband, quoting scripture, drips blood lesser than a cause but greater than any single instance of fire a scorched seaside hands clasped in prayer at the tilt of the milky way above (that dark blaze of the temporal) ((that which no one can speak to)) (((not for millenia to come))) as the mud hardened at the footsteps of a djinn we followed in the Vestigium, climbed mountains and found at the feet of the temple past martyrs prostrate their eyes pecked clean
Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi (he/they) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. They were shortlisted for the 2021 Austin Clarke poetry prize, they are the winner of the 2021 Vallum Poetry Prize, and they are the author of three poetry chapbooks and two translated poetry chapbooks. Their debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is out with Gordon Hill Press. Their second book, WJD, is forthcoming in a double volume with the translation of Saeed Tavanaee’s The OceanDweller from Gordon Hill Press fall 2022. Their collaborative poetry manuscript with poet Klara Du Plessis is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press Fall 2023.