Born in Tehran, Iran, and now a resident of Florida, Akbar is one of contemporary poetry's leading advocates; his name even means "poetry.", his first chapbook, Akbar hinges on a series of anchors like "Portrait of the Alcoholic with Craving" and "Portrait of the Alcoholic Floating in Space with Severed Umbilicus." If you like what you read, keep your eyes peeled for his full-length debut,, which will be out in 2018.
But as a starting point, begin with "Despite My Efforts Even My Prayers Have Turned into Threats," in which Akbar writes "..sins/were practically devotional:/two peaches stolen from/a bodega, which were so sweet/I savored even the bits I flossed/out my teeth." 4.
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