two parts, a short narrative of running away and losing everything and getting lost forever titled Kidnapper, followed by a short note on the debate of Tolstoy v. Dostoevsky "If I wish to change the world, I will read Tolstoy. But when the world still gives away after every change, I will read Dostoevsky."
Shahid envisions his hand as a city, a city where for some reason each finger goes straight to a prison, then a short bit about the latin names for vegetables and flowers, then a recanting of a tragedy of two innocent brothers being shot in cold blood in the village of Khanan (a village supposedly "gifted" to Shahid's grandmother
sketch of an introduction for W.S. Merwin, who is visiting Hamilton College, in which Shahid speaks of his insistence on being the one who does the introducing and of how brilliant Merwin is; miscellaenous notes on existence