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The Resource Calling a wolf a wolf, Kaveh Akbar

Calling a wolf a wolf, Kaveh Akbar

Label
Calling a wolf a wolf
Title
Calling a wolf a wolf
Statement of responsibility
Kaveh Akbar
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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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Midwest
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Akbar, Kaveh
Dewey number
811/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Alcoholics
  • Poetry
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
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Calling a wolf a wolf, Kaveh Akbar
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781938584725
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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11969532
Publisher number
MWT11969532
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(MWT)MWT11969532
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Calling a wolf a wolf, Kaveh Akbar
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781938584725
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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11969532
Publisher number
MWT11969532
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(MWT)MWT11969532
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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