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Calling a wolf a wolf / Kaveh Akbar.

Akbar, Kaveh, (author.).
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  • ISBN: 9781938584725 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1938584724 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: [United States] : Alice James Books, 2017.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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In 'Heritage,' a fierce poem dedicated to an Iranian woman executed for killing the man attempting to rape her, award-winning poet Akbar proclaims, 'in books love can be war-ending/...in life we hold love up to the light/ to marvel at its impotence.' Yet if real-life love is disappointing ('The things I've thought I've loved/ could sink an ocean liner'), Akbar proves what books can do in his exceptional debut, which brings us along on his struggle with addiction, a dangerous comfort and soul-eating monster he addresses boldly ('thinking if I called a wolf a wolf I might dull its fangs'). His work stands out among literature on the subject for a refreshingly unshowy honesty; Akbar runs full tilt emotionally but is never self-indulgent. These poems find the speaker poised between life's clatter and rattle, wanting to retreat ('so much/ of being alive is breaking') yet hungering for more ('I'm told what seems like joy/ is often joy'). Indeed, despite his acknowledged disillusion and his failings ('my whole life I answered every cry for help with a pour'), he has loved, and an electric current runs through the collection that keeps reader and writer going. VERDICT Excellent work from an important new poet.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Alcoholism > Poetry.
Alcoholics > Rehabilitation > Poetry.
Poetry.
Electronic books.

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