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This poem is by Amitava Kumar, professor at Penn State and author of the excellent Passport Photos (University of California Press, 2000) (note to self: must assign readings on Partition before assigning the book to my grad students again). It’s called “Iraqi Restaurants,” reproduced in full (without permission) from Walter K. Lew’s anthology Premonitions (Kaya Press, 1995):

The Americans turned each home
in Baghdad into an oven
and waited

For the Iraqis
to turn up as cooks
in the U.S. like the Vietnamese before them.