Two poems by alum Dilruba Ahmed (poetry, ’09) appear in diode:

Personal Effects

Tattered voting ballot. Business card smudged
with coffee. Medicare card. Senior center
card. Senior shuttle ID. Power port card
with implant date, reference number,
doctor’s phone. Expired coupon for coffee.
Receipt for overdue book fine. Torn fortunes
pulled from hollow cookies. Photo
of next of kin. Pizza card, fully stamped,

Continue reading this poem and the second (“In the Longest Hour”) online. A third poem also appears at TriQuarterly, titled “Processing,” along with a recorded reading by Ahmed.

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