Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar

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Read Calling a Wolf a Wolf Online Free - "The struggle from late youth on, with and without God, agony, narcotics and love is a torment rarely recorded with such sustained eloquence and passion as you will find in this collection." —Fanny Howe

This highly-anticipated debut boldly confronts addiction and courses the strenuous path of recovery, beginning in the wilds of the mind. Poems confront craving, control, the constant battle of alcoholism and sobriety, and the questioning of the self and its instincts within the context of this never-ending fight.

“In Calling a Wolf a Wolf, Kaveh Akbar exquisitely and tenaciously braids astonishment and atonement into a singular lyric voice. The desolation of alcoholism widens into hard-won insight: ‘the body is a mosque borrowed from Heaven.’ Doubt and fear spiral into grace and beauty. Akbar’s mind, like his language, is perpetually in motion. His imagery—wounded and resplendent—is masterful and his syntax ensnares and releases music that’s both delicate and muscular. Kaveh Akbar has crafted one of the best debuts in recent memory. In his hands, awe and redemption hinge into unforgettable and gorgeous poems.” —Eduardo C. Corral

Title : Calling a Wolf a Wolf
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ISBN : 1938584678
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 89 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2017

An outstanding book of poetry. I was particularly impressed by the imagery and deftness with language. The title poem is by far my favorite but every poem offers something compelling or strange or unknowable and always beautiful.

Kathleen rated it ★★★☆☆

October 02, 2017

"Like the belled cat's // frustrated hunt, my offer to improve myself / was ruined by the sound it made."

Ellie rated it ★★★★★

October 21, 2017

It took me awhile to really grab hold of these poems: I was reading too tentatively. When I finally dove in, I was amazed by what I found. Beauty amidst addiction, pain, loss. Craving not only alcohol but life itself. There were lines that took my breath away (it slowed my reading, all those line...

Ace rated it ★★★★★

October 06, 2017

This is as close to a perfect collection of poems as I can imagine. I normally consume a book of poetry in a day or two, stopping every now and then to reread a piece if I connect with it in some way, but with Calling a Wolf a Wolf, it took me more than a week because I kept going back to reread...

Margaryta rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

**This review first appeared in Alternating Current's review column The Coil** We are living in a time of witnesses, beginning with ourselves. With Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf, we are not only witnessing the rise of a prominent contemporary poet, but we are also challenged to relook at the...

Marne rated it ★★★★★

September 11, 2017

"I am sealing all my faults with platinum// so they'll gleam like the barrel of a laser gun," the poet writes, and that seems like a very fitting description of what is going on in this book. This is raw, visceral poetry dealing with some heavy subjects (most notably alcoholism and other addictio...

Crystal rated it ★★★★★

October 20, 2017

My most highly anticipated poetry book of the year and I'd been putting it off because I knew it would be that good (I'm a dessert after all the vegetables person). Raw, visceral, the theme of addiction hit me personally even though my addiction(s) were different. One of my favorites of the year,...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

September 17, 2017

This is a collection to be savored, read again and again- outloud when possible. Full of images that will stun your imagination and language that leaves your heart aching.

Brandon rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

"I drank an entire language / and flung tar at whatever moved." Kaveh Akbar's CALLING A WOLF A WOLF could be summed up in a variety of ways, most of them true, none of them showing the whole picture, but this passage gets at something in the core of this remarkable collection: the insight of some...

Bogdan rated it ★★★★★

October 01, 2017

In a refreshing style, Kaveh Akbar mixes up the overarching theme of addiction with plenty of self-reflection, a few ounces of simple irony, and a motley collection of images. What results is an admixture of emotions in word form that have you reading and reading and reading. In a sense, you beco...

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