Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar

Calling a Wolf a Wolf

"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 HoweThis 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...

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf Reviews

  • Book Riot Community
    Earlier this year, I urged Book Riot readers to follow Kaveh Akbar (and a few other poets) on Twitter, in part on the power of his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, which was published in January. Beating everyone on this list for turnaround time, Akbar is about to publish another book, this one ...
  • Roxane
    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
    "Like the belled cat's // frustrated hunt, my offer to improve myself / was ruined by the sound it made." ...
  • Ellie
    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 lines t...
  • Ken
    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 of ...
  • Athena Lathos
    One of the most beautiful collections I have ever read. So many of these poems tore my heart out piece by piece, but in the very best way possible. In fact, because of the powerful emotional pull I felt toward this collection, I don't feel like I can write a full critique like I usually do. I will j...
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    "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 raw & poignant - from the ve...
  • Catherine
    4.5 stars Poetry books are always difficult reads for me without the structure of an English lit class, allowing me to really analyse them with the help of others. This collection, however, is extremely beautiful and gut-wrenching. I had many favourite lines and moments that made me wish I wasn?...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    This was gorgeous and haunting. Even when I didn't understand exactly what Kaveh was trying to say, the phrasing was so delicate and articulate that I couldn't help but stop and ponder the words. I read these poems aloud to several of my friends to bask in their glory, and I can't wait to get a phys...

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