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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar is the founding editor of Divedapper. His poems appear or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, the American Poetry Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf will be published by Alice James in September 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry, 2017). The recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Akbar was born in Tehran, Iran, and is a visiting professor of poetry in the Purdue University MFA program.

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Bottleglass

Spring 2017 | Poetry

go ahead tread on me
see if I care I am already
unhuggable as a cactus
and too big to fit on any
lap keep your excuses
short or better yet keep
them to yourself any

Tower of Babel

Spring 2017 | Poetry

My reward for waking: close walls
and limestone dust, spit
evaporating from my tongue. First

I count and recount
my toes, throw out grain
for the carp, snatch a femur

Look, the Human Is Shrinking

Fall 2016 | Poetry

It’s normal to do it alone, the feint-and-jab
           of forgetting. I believe in only what I can recite 

from memory, like the ninety-nine names
           for thirst: soft-hell, root-torn-from-soil, rain-

Against Vanity

Fall 2016 | Poetry

Away from the cruel magnification
            of a shaving mirror, I clean up well.
I am content with orange teeth and salty
            skin, with having borrowed my beauty 

            from the ocean. See my kelpy eyes, the pearl
on my tongue? Flatter me, flatterer! I still care 
            about dignity, like a blindfolded duke
being led to the gallows. It’s hard not to smile 

The New World

Fall 2016 | Poetry

Do I have to talk about fear? 
So much has already been said 
about hidden spiders, compass needles
lodged in the soft of an eye.