“Calling a Wolf a Wolf”

There’s some really powerful stuff in Kaveh Akbar’s “Calling a Wolf a Wolf” – and for once the back cover blurb hits some of the right notes: “powerful”, “intimate”, “agony”, “torment”. There’s nothing bright and breezy in here! But some of the images – often just a line or two – jump out and grab you by the throat.

This is medicine to be taken in small doses.