Read Portrait of the Alcoholic Online Free - "Was it Jung who speculated that alcoholism might be an attempt at a material solution for a spiritual problem? Kaveh Akbar seems able to contain both--he's a demotic, as well as a spiritual, poet (the only type of either I trust). Each word in this little book might rise up from somewhere deep in the earth, but they turn into stars." - Nick Flynn
"In Islam prayer is not transactional, poetry is not divorced from the quotidian and portraiture is embraced only in the abstract. And yet here in Kaveh Akbar's book, entreaty is earnest, aimed at the human and particular more often than the divine but at the same time the language and form elevate themselves to the fevered register of desperation. Yes, sure, fine, you would think that a Muslim writing about being a drunk would have to adopt unconventional approaches, but drunkenness in the Islamic literary tradition is a long and time-honored metaphor. For what? Abandonment to God, a cessation of the self--but not so here; no. Here it's real, it's coarse, it's dangerous. The reason we Muslims do not pray for things is that it is similarly dangerous for one to call God's attention onto oneself. But for Kaveh Akbar, whose very name means 'poetry, ' it is a risk every poem takes with gusto. And speaking purely for myself, these poems give me life because 'for so long every step I've taken/ has been from one tongue to another.' Be careful, little brother. God's got His eye on you now." - Kazim Ali
|Title||:||Portrait of the Alcoholic|
|Number of Pages||:||45 pages|
February 04, 2017
When you pick up a book of poems, you want it to read the way this one does.
February 13, 2017
Such precise, stunning verse. Sings from highs and lows, gets you in your center. I'm going to be thinking about this for awhile, and look forward to his full-length collection
March 19, 2017
Layers working through some of these beauties!!!
"Lord, I meant to be helpless, sex–
less as a comma, quiet as
cotton floating on a pond..."
"Listen to me, faithful silence: somehow
we've become strangers. Growing up
I kept a housefly tied to a string tied to a lamp.
I fed him wet Tic-Tacs and idly ass...
March 20, 2017
Every poem here is a stunner.
March 02, 2017
I prepared myself to be underwhelmed with this, having just picked it up on a whim. What initially felt mediocre at best rose in a subtle and often beautiful crescendo. Words that were often raw and hungry, sometimes delicate and tender, with nostalgic reflections on youth and honest self-depreci...
February 06, 2017
A simply stunning mind is on display in this brief volume that showcases Akbar's willingness to stare unflinchingly into a painful past and find the beauty within those moments. Kaveh Akbar is a hugely important voice and one that I look forward to reading for many years to come.
February 05, 2017
February 09, 2017
A magnificent debut that not only challenges faith and alcoholism as pieces of oneself, but as entities of their own.
September 12, 2017
This collection combined with my New Poetry class is what inspired and motivated me to not only dip my toes back into creative writing, but to experiment with other languages and unconventional spacing in format. Homework hasn't been this fun in a long time! I loved reading many of Akbar's poems,...
April 25, 2017
So these are excellent and I'll be reading the complete collection when it comes out in the fall for sure.
Akbar reminds me of Rimbaud if Rimbaud had any redeemable qualities. The images here and the language around them: distinct clear. These seem both classic and of this moment.