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The Perfect Poem by Kaveh Akbar

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April 3, 2017

The Perfect Poem

Kaveh Akbar

About This Poem


"Of poetry, Heather McHugh says, 'As a daily aesthetic, it goes beyond rhetorical exercise: the main discipline is to keep finding life strange.' I understand this to mean poetry must wonder, must make an intimate partner of strangeness. I think my poem is deeply interested in that process."
—Kaveh Akbar


Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf, forthcoming in fall 2017 from Alice James Books. He currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida.


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