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Sahar Romani, 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow

Hijabis

Every time we pass
along sidewalks

or grocery aisles
spot each other

graze books
on library shelves

load towels
at the laundromat

or when
on a crowded bus

in Detroit or Seattle
our eyes catch

on the slant
of a second

we mouth
a silent salam –

song of a fist-bump
arc of a high-five

so what
if we are strangers

here, we are falcons
in flight.

Sahar Romani is an ethnographer, educator, and poet. She received degrees in South Asian Studies and Human Geography from University of Washington and Oxford. Her poetry has been published in Podium and the Margins. She teaches interdisciplinary research and writing at the Gallatin School at New York University.

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