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Contributions by Zehra Khan:

“A Derby in Sapphics”

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Collaborators Q&A: Artist Zehra Khan: The poem sets you up in a frenzy of colors and sounds, and then drops you into reality of a pandemic flat line. Poet Danielle Cadena Deulen: My mother was a student of art and a beautiful artist in her own right. I grew up with artist monographs around the house and some of my happiest memories as a child were of sitting in her lap, flipping through the pages, and listening to her talk quietly about the works of Chagall, van Gogh, and Picasso. I didn’t inherit her visual gifts, but I still feel a childlike wonder and love for visual art.

Poet Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of a memoir and two poetry collections. She is an assistant professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta and hosts “Lit from the Basement” a podcast and radio show. Zehra Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist who likes to make things by hand. Khan is American and Pakistani, born in Indonesia. You can find her work at www.zehrakhan.com

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“Ode”

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Collaborators’s Q&A: Poet Rogan Kelly: I think seeing Zehra’s treatment of the elbow of her beloved took a poem that was more personal and private confession and created more connection for me. Artist Zehra Khan: With the poem and art on the same page I found my eye bouncing to the elbow after every stanza, looking for answers. I feel like both works speak under veils, showing glimpses of the Beloved.

Poet Rogan Kelly’s work has recently appeared in The Cortland Review, New Orleans Review, The Penn Review, and Pidgeonholes. He has one chapbook, Demolition in the Tropics (Seven Kitchens Press 2019). He is the editor of The Night Heron Barks. Zehra Khan is a multi-disciplinary artist who likes to make things by hand. She works in drawing, sculpture, installations, performance, and painting on people. Khan is American and Pakistani, born in Indonesia. You can find her work at www.zehrakhan.com

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