In the Pockets of Small Gods

In the Pockets of Small Gods

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A beautiful exploration of grief by one of the top selling poets in America.

2-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and winner of the Worldcup Poetry Slam, Anis Mojgani's In the Pockets of Small Gods explores what we do with grief, long after the initial sadness has faded from our daily lives: how we learn to carry it without holding it, how our joy and our pain touch, and at times need one another. His latest collection of poetry touches on many kinds of sorrow, from the suicide of a best friend to a broken marriage to the current political climate.

Mojgani swings between the surreal imagery and direct vulnerability he is known for, all while giving the poems a direct frankness, softening whatever the weight may be. A book of leaves and petals as opposed to a book of stones, "In the Pockets of Small Gods" encapsulates the human experience in a way that is both deeply personal and astoundingly universal.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 95 pages
  • 150 x 224 x 10mm | 181g
  • English
  • 1938912845
  • 9781938912849
  • 442,771

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"Anis Mojgani--dazzling meteor poet and thinker--follow him on this breathtaking, deeply moving voyage across sky and space and loss but mostly stare into the lake with him long enough to feel how wonders renew every cell. A crucial, amazing collection from a stirring high voltage voice!"--NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle & Fuel

"'I can see it like it was a film, ' Anis Mojgani's rending new collection begins, and suddenly we see it too: cold black cherry cola through a straw, blackbirds rustling ripe plums down from trees, pizza shared between spouses who no longer cherish each other. Mojgani maps a path from the death of a friend to the death of a marriage to the death of a country. Here is a book that knows true grief, knows too how to alchemize that grief into grace. The cold, the fire, the losing, yes. But always, then: 'The spring. And the spring. The spring.'"--KAVEH AKBAR, author of Calling A Wolf A Wolf
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