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This poem is taken from PN Review 234, Volume 43 Number 4, March - April 2017.

Three Poems Anjali Yardi
If Only

if only the children
of Iraq
Afghanistan
Syria

were whales
or elephants
tigers
or gazelles

if only
childlife
were a fashionable cause

if only countries
came with labels:
No children have been harmed
to preserve this polity.




Oymyakon

Oymyakon on the Indigirka river,
coldest town on earth where geography upends
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