Calling a Wolf a Wolf
A POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FELIX DENNIS PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST COLLECTION 2018
I could not be held responsible
he could not be held at all
Tracking the joys and pains of the path through addiction, and wrestling with desire, inheritance and faith, Calling a Wolf a Wolf is the darkly sumptuous debut from award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar. These are powerful, intimate poems of thirst: for alcohol, for other bodies, for knowledge and for life.
'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'
'Compelling . . . strange . . . always beautiful'
ROXANE GAY , AUTHOR OF BAD FEMINIST AND HUNGER
JOHN GREEN , AUTHOR OF THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
'A breathtaking addition to the canon of addiction literature'
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)
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