Kaveh Akbar Writing Styles in Calling a Wolf a Wolf

Kaveh Akbar
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Point of View

The majority of the collection is told from the first person singular point of view. Generally speaking, the speaker maintains a relatively consistent identity throughout. Their perspective is primarily characterized by their identity as an adult Iranian male struggling with addiction, specifically their alcoholism. It is also important to note that they moved from Iran to America at a young age. This has a significant impact on their character and their point of view, as they feel a disconnect between their current self and their childhood self. For example, while they were born in Tehran and learned Farsi as their first language, they now are barely able to understand even simple Farsi words and primarily speak English.

The first person point of view gives the collection an overall intimate atmosphere. This is significant, as most of the poems act as direct windows into the thoughts...

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