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Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Paperback)

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The imagery is incredible in this collection that takes on addiction, withdrawal, and recovery. Reckonings with the body. With Allah. With, of course, the wolf. Truly, a beautiful debut. [Tanya]
 

— From Calling a Wolf a Wolf

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2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Gold Winner

2018 Levis Reading Prize Winner

2017 Julie Suk Award Winner

A 2017 Nautilus Silver Award Winner

2017 Florida Book Award Gold Winner

A 2018 First Horizon Award Winner

Winner of the 2017 John C. Zacharis First Book Award

A 2018 Montaigne Medal Finalist

A 2017 NPR Best Book of the Year

A 2017 Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A 2017 Entropy Magazine Best Book of the Year

A 2017 The Coil Best Book of the Year

A 2017 Interview Best Book of the Year

Addiction. Recovery. Repeat. Akbar blazes the poetry scene with this introspective, powerful, and passionate debut.

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.

from "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before"


Sometimes you just have to leave

whatever's real to you, you have to clomp

through fields and kick the caps off

all the toadstools. Sometimes

you have to march all the way to Galilee

or the literal foot of God himself before you realize

you've already passed the place where

you were supposed to die. I can no longer remember

the being afraid, only that it came to an end.


About the Author


Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Tin House, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James 2017) and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry). The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938584671
ISBN-10: 1938584678
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 100
Language: English