LOVE IN THE WRONG SEASON: COLLECTED
In this collection of over 50 new
poems, the product of the past decade, Shabbir Akhtar once again
speaks to the particular condition of immigrant peoples and to the
human condition of all. The themes are legion, universal and never
partisan: travel, madness, faith and agnosticism, talent as a hiding
place, the search for meaning, the sexual pressure on the human
frame, the power of death, the possibility of hope, the evil of
war, the grace of love. Whether the poet is describing An
Evening Out or the pathetic beauty of an island during his
Pointless Travels, whether he is saddened by an old
womans Last Days in Brighton or disturbed by the
Death of a Spring Fling, he has chosen the unforgettable
detail, the apt simile. This is a daring poetic voice that extends
the range of human experience.
Shabbir Akhtar, MA, PhD, was born
in Pakistan and educated at St Catharines College, Cambridge.
He has lived much of his life in Bradford, England, and has worked
in Great Britain, Malaysia and Canada.
He has written several books on Islam,
Christianity and current affairs. He reviews books regularly for
The Times Higher Education Supplement. His first major poetry collection,
The Muslim Poetic Imagination (London, 1992), was widely reviewed
and admired as a significant new voice in English poetry.
215 x 135mm, 78pp
paperback ISBN 1 901764 17 6