Ali Alizadeh

(1976 - / Tehran / Iran)

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Listening To Michael Jackson In Tehran After Azar Nafisi

Smuggled across the fierce chasm
between us and the US, and then

hidden, stuffed between Farsi
and Science textbooks in my school

bag, the illegal and sacrilegious
cassette-tape of Thriller, ready for

revelation to the sheepish, ignorant
kids on the bus to my primary school

in war-stricken Tehran. My plan:
to expose the forbidden thing, exhibit

my courage, rebelliousness, etc. Autumn
of ’83, desperate for attention/approval

from the other kids. My copy of
dangerous Western “art” would

unsettle the boring, ...

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Conclusion (The Fall)

on the floor
a little death after a livid
orgasm.

numb. all feeling gone.
out of breath.

next to them in the flat
a small fenced balcony

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