About the Book
2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Gold Winner2018 Levis Reading Prize Winner2017 Julie Suk Award WinnerA 2017 Nautilus Silver Award Winner2017 Florida Book Award Gold WinnerA 2018 First Horizon Award WinnerWinner of the 2018 Eric Hoffer Small Press AwardShortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award Grand PrizeA 2018 Montaigne Medal FinalistA 2017 NPR Best Book of the YearA 2017 Library Journal Best Book of the YearA 2017 Entropy Magazine Best Book of the YearA 2017 The Coil Best Book of the YearA 2017 Sundress Publications Best Book of the YearA 2017 Indianapolis Monthly Best Book of the YearA 2017 Largehearted Boy Best Book of the YearA 2017 Volume 1 Brooklyn Best Book of the YearA 2017 Interview Best Book of the Year
This award-winning 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 Book
Addiction. Recovery. Repeat. Akbar blazes the poetry scene with this introspective, powerful and passionate debut.
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.