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María de León

María de León is a poet and translator, born and based in Mexico City. She has been a Letras Latinas Scholar at the Community of Writers and is currently a recipient of the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas fellowship in Mexico City, where she is assembling her first collection of poems in Spanish. “The Shah’s Portable Gardens” is her first published essay.

The Shah’s Portable Gardens

Para Ana Behind the glass box, lit dimly, the Ardabil carpet is exposed to squinting eyes, pressed against the Earth by gravity, the way it is supposed to be, like a butterfly to a windshield (even if it sometimes falsely…