Palace Mosque, Frozen

The text of Kaveh Akbar's poem "Palace Mosque, Frozen" which is arranged in a square, with another square of text within it that reads: "the heart is a muscle as stupid / as a hamstring or a miniature / iris with its ridiculous blossoms / blooming only through ice // bright dust / pillowed floors / we see our prayers / as we say them"

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Kaveh Akbar's poems appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. He is the author of two poetry collections: Pilgrim Bell (Graywolf 2021) and Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James 2017), in addition to a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry 2016). He is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine (Penguin Classics 2022). In January 2024, Knopf published Martyr!, Kaveh's first novel.