Amidst the dangers of figurative language, the coercion of sentimentality, and the insidious freight of abstraction, these poems embody the necessity for the critical, the communal, the real. Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real uses conceptual critiques of public discourse and experimental social cartographies, as well as lyrics of intimacy, to defy prescribed ways of being. This is an act of resistance against dangerous and domineering narratives, and the power they inscribe.
Praise for Are the Riviers in Your Poems Real:
"Moez Surani's Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real is a brilliant collection of poetry that oscillates between rich insight and deep tenderness. A mesmerizing, beautiful book." —Jordan Abel, Griffin Poetry Prize winning author of Injun
"Moez Surani has boundless enthusiasm for life, cities, nature, politics, and art. He is an explorer. Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real obsessively catalogues these explorations in an attempt to preserve our world, both personal and political, in its complexity." —Ian Williams, author of Reproduction
"The real river in these poems is a searching, a dedication to staying open to possibility with the hope that a better world might be, and it just might be poetry that helps us find it." —Magdalena Zurawski, author of The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom