[I split myself]

Maged Zaher

I split myself
To improve my chances of intimacy
— —
You say: “the men my age are beautiful
They have fountains for eyes”
— —
I say: “I am unwise as my ancestors
I carry their black hair and anguish in the bones”
— —
The wind hits the coastal structure
The design is flawed—death is upon us
— —
The men your age are beautiful

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Maged Zaher is the author of six books, including a collaboration with Pam Brown, and a translation of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from The Stranger. He lives in Atlanta.

Chicago Review

Spring 2018

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago

Editor: Eric Powell
Managing Editor: Gerónimo Sarmiento Cruz
Poetry Editors: Hannah Brooks-Motl and Steven Maye

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