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.

Ken rated it ★★★☆☆

December 18, 2017

Sometimes fast starts work against you. It's the "Billy Collins Rule" to always start with your best poems (like they're easy to identify) but I felt like the collection sagged a bit and slouched over the finish line. Still, some strong stuff in the first half made it worth reading. Akbar is one...

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...

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."

Liz Janet rated it ★★★☆☆

November 29, 2017

I'm very careful with the poetry I read, as I'm used to classics instead of new collections, but the clever title caught my attention, it is straight to the point even if seen as hidden in metaphor, and for that I had to give it a chance. The book is mostly based on him and his alcoholic addictio...

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...

Alejandra rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2017

This book filled my heart all the way up. God and bodies and becoming better.

John rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

Kaveh Akbar's Calling a Wolf a Wolf renders the invisible visible and vice versa, memory, loss, exile, addiction, and bodies—whether present, absent, or liminal—among the subjects of these evocative reveries, wistful elegies, and attentive studies. Akbar eschews the false logics of so-called real...

anna rated it ★★★★★

December 03, 2017

"I’m becoming more a vessel of memories than a person it’s a myth that love lives in the heart it lives in the throat we push it out when we speak when we gasp we take a little for ourselves" easily one of the best poetry collections i've read this year. it's so very raw & poignant - from the...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2017

Beautiful! Akbar transforms ordinary moments into communion with the divine. I absolutely loved this collection. My favorite poem is "Against Hell," in which he writes "So much of living is about understanding / scale." That idea appears throughout the book and Akbar does what all great poets do,...

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