Cer­tifi­cates of Train­ing

The Iowa Review - - GRAHAM BARNHART -

Af­ter mis­spellings and for­mat­ting er­rors only half the cer­tifi­cates ended up on good card stock, scrawled with vine­yard rows of Pashtu: mil­i­tary rank, and names and fa­thers’ names. But af­ter the cer­e­mony, pho­to­graphs, and hand­shakes and hands held to the heart, and bless­ings they only asked if I would please make new diplo­mas in English. English, they said, is of­fi­cial. The Pashtu lovely, but no one be­lieves it.

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