#booksweRreading Tuesday

 

cityofrivers_cover_finalstickerWe are reading (and loving!) City of Rivers, the first poetry collection from Zubair Ahmed, who  was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh before he immigrated to the United States with his parents and brother in 2005. Ahmed graduated from Stanford University with degrees in creative writing and mechanical engineering, and his poetry is both technical and sparse. The collection is one sweeping, forward motion, much like the rivers that appear every few poems, and Ahmed winds them through his personal history. In the poem “Ashulia.” he writes of his father:

 

He told me he found God
On the corner of his cigarette.
Twenty years later, his body floated
Through all two-hundred-fourteen rivers of Bangladesh.

City of Rivers was the recipient of the 2013 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. It was published as part of McSweeney’s Poetry Series in 2012.
(CO)

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s