Mandana Chaffa

On Kaveh Akbar's 'Calling a Wolf a Wolf'

Photo of Kaveh Akbar (right) by Hieu Minh Nguyen.

In A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce writes, “When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.”[1] Kaveh Akbar’s Calling a Wolf a Wolf offers various artist portraits of its own, exploring this ground with candor and lyricism, traversing time, culture, and language to create a poetic topography that is both familiar and unexpected. 

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