Shabbir Akhtar

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 woman’s ‘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 Catharine’s 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

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