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anum sattar

The Forbidden Fruit

Do not blame the naked, apple-shaped breasts of Hawwa

for tempting you towards the scented Shajarat al-Kholoud

when envying Al-Shaitan, a four-footed serpent at her heel.

O Aadam, you snatch an unbitten pome from her secure grasp

and then smugly chomp the seed-bearing core to spite them.


Anum Sattar is a senior studying English at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Her poems have been published in MARGIE/The American Journal of Poetry, Lullwater Review, Door is a Jar, Ribbons, South Florida Poetry Journal, Typehouse Literary Magazine, The Charles Carter: a working anthology, 50 Haikus, Stuck in the Library, Broadkill Review, Poetry Life and Times, Triggerfish Critical Review, Packingtown Review, Blithe Spirit, The Mythic Circle, HOBART, SurVision Magazine, Literary Juice, Coal City Review, Crack the Spine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Taj Mahal Review, FIVE 2 ONE: An Art and Literary Journal, The Linnet's Wings, Ragazine, Better than Starbucks!, The Florida Review, Grey Sparrow Press, Oddball Magazine, Artifact Nouveau, Off the Coast, Strange POEtry, Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual, Conceit Magazine, A New Ulster, The Cannon's Mouth, The Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry, Wilderness House Literary Review, Poydras Review, The Cadaverine, Verbalart: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & Poetry, The Wayne Literary Journal, The Ibis Head Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Poets Bridge, Deltona Howl, and Tipton Poetry Journal. She won the first Grace Prize in Poetry and third Vonna Hicks Award at the college. Whenever possible, she reads out her work at Brooklyn Poets, Spoonbill and Sugartown Bookstore, Forest Hills Library in New York City, and the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center at Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She was recently interviewed at Radio Free Brooklyn.