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."
at first a poem about imminent death, then a statement declaring that one should "write in free verse to subvert western civilization and write in formal verse to save oneself from western civilization," then a poem describing the images of temples and mosques as they are reflected in a lake
interspersing of a poem of Emily Dickinson's entitled "With Flowers" and Shahid's own personal lines that talk of bridging the gap between Amherst and Kashmir, xxx denotes distinctions between Dickinson's poetry and his own related poetry
three short notes to self, the copied ending of A Tale of Two Cities, and another entry under the title CRACKDOWN where soldiers enter homes filled with women, proceed to destroy and steal things, all separated by xxx