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Saffron by Armen Davoudian

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Saffron

by Armen Davoudian
“May this year be golden like saffron / of all herbs and spices the sovereign”

Saffron
by Armen Davoudian

May this year be golden like saffron
of all herbs and spices the sovereign
(it was said in a limerick
to the envy of turmeric)
and bring you much joy and no suffering.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Armen Davoudian’s poems and translations from Persian appear in Poetry, the Sewanee Review, the Yale Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Swan Song, won the 2020 Frost Place Competition. He grew up in Isfahan, Iran and lives in California, where he is a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.

AUTHOR PHOTO BY MATTHEW LANSBURGH • FEATURED IMAGE by Benyamin Bohlouli via Unsplash