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Blood and Ink
Akhtar, Salman
Karnac Library / Aeon Sphinx / Softcover / 2016-10-01 / 1782205314
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72 pages
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A shimmering blend of good-hearted joy and mesmerizing surrealism, the poems in this collection reflect a deeply and authentically lived life. The images and metaphors used by the author are wide-ranging and cosmopolitan. At one moment, he speaks of flying dogs, four-year-old grandmothers, Mexico, Hindu gods, and Carmelite nuns. At another, he invokes Persian mysticism, the nights of London and Amsterdam, Nazim Hikmat, trees that want to be near a river, the rising mound of caramel under a silk blouse, and his own death exploding in a thousand fragments of toothless remorse. This is heady stuff, suffused with abandon and pure delight.

Reviews and Endorsements:

"What a delight to read these poems by Salman Akhtar with their supple twists and turns of thought, a perfect way into the recesses of the soul. He leads us there in lines filled with daring wit and humor and images that have the power to haunt us.
- Meena Alexander, author of Illiterate Heart, Raw Silk, and Poetics of Dislocation

"These delightful poems reflect an intrigued mind turned towards the worlds outside and within. Akhtar's words echo deep and long beyond their moment on the page."
- Forrest Hamer, author of Rift, Middle Ear, and Call & Response

"Poetry takes ordinary words and places them in an order that makes them extraordinary. That is what makes a poem a revelation of the compressed magic and meaning the simplest words possess. Salman Akhtar's poems, as the title suggests, are written with ink to be sure, but they are also written with the passionate blood of human experience."
- Eugene Mahon, author of A Psychoanalytic Odyssey and Rensal the Redbit

Table of Contents:

1) Trees and Ice Cream
2) Gratitude is Hard to Bear
3) Plea to a Surgeon
4) Ice Cube
5) Events
6) A Violet Residence
7) Carefully Wrapped
8) The Sense of Belonging
9) Reasons to Rejoice
10) Two Cats
11) Worthless Angels
12) No One Likes the Middle

1) Defenses
2) Held
3) A Proposal
4) A Sense of Trust
5) Hold Me
6) Transformations
7) Stanzas
8) Promise
9) Familiarity
10) Garden
11) Regardless
12) Senses
13) Our Revenge
14) Stories of the Body
15) Dancing Mind
16) You in Me
17) The Next Step
18) Plan
19) A Different Lens
20) Late at Night
21) Deposit
22) Abacus
23) Skin Lullaby
24) One Night
25) Doorbell
26) Safety
27) Unseen
28) Longing
29) Magic
30) Let Us Remain Nameless
31) Pathway
32) Long Before Breakfast

1) The Boy with a Poet’s Eyes
2) The Lost Dog
3) The Architect of Repetition
4) The Guru
5) The Man Who Was Blind
6) The Face-Time Addict
7) The Colorful Mr. Patel
8) The Somnambulist
9) The Mirror Man
10) A Prayer

About the Author:

Salman Akhtar MD was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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