In Three Days

In three days I will be forever older than you,

Your notes are in my black knapsack that I carry on my back,

Waiting to be copied and dispersed…copied and dispersed.


If I could grow wings,

They would be index cards;

A typed list of names,

Each word burning your death into my spine,

Each Persian name a bloody stamp.


Tabatabai, Ali

Motahari, Morteza

Behbahani, Seyyed Mohsen

Gharani, Mohammed Vali


(I spy with my little eye),

Is there a clue here?

I am full of you and the mystery of your death,

Each name is dead and this is the clue.


Death of a Beautiful Woman

Death of a Beautiful Woman


About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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