Portrait of the Alcoholic

Portrait of the Alcoholic Author Kaveh Akbar
ISBN-10 1943977275
ISBN-13 9781943977277
Year 2017-01-26
Pages 0
Language English
Publisher Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC
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Was it Jung who speculated that alcoholism might be an attempt at a material solution for a spiritual problem Kaveh Akbar seems able to contain both he s a demotic as well as a spiritual poet the only type of either I trust Each word in this little book might rise up from somewhere deep in the earth but they turn into stars Nick Flynn In Islam prayer is not transactional poetry is not divorced from the quotidian and portraiture is embraced only in the abstract And yet here in Kaveh Akbar s book entreaty is earnest aimed at the human and particular more often than the divine but at the same time the language and form elevate themselves to the fevered register of desperation Yes sure fine you would think that a Muslim writing about being a drunk would have to adopt unconventional approaches but drunkenness in the Islamic literary tradition is a long and time honored metaphor For what Abandonment to God a cessation of the self but not so here no Here it s real it s coarse it s dangerous The reason we Muslims do not pray for things is that it is similarly dangerous for one to call God s attention onto oneself But for Kaveh Akbar whose very name means poetry it is a risk every poem takes with gusto And speaking purely for myself these poems give me life because for so long every step I ve taken has been from one tongue to another Be careful little brother God s got His eye on you now Kazim Ali

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Leary Author Howard B.
ISBN-10 1564741524
Release 1996-02
Pages 142