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Of the Divining and the Dead
Copyright © 2012
by Saba Razvi
Finishing Line Press

The title of Saba Syed Razvi's Of the Divining and the Dead, draws us into the world of the daemon and the darkness, the reach of the "Bitter Tree," reminiscent of Plath's terrifying yew tree, rooted in oblivion. We see through the "peacock's moon-skilled eye" and learn, with the poet, "the speech running under my skin." This is a book filled with night-terrors, but lit by the powerful protective beams of this extraordinary poet's dazzling imagination. — Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Twin Cities & Sparrow, poet laureate of California.

Saba Syed Razviís poems are both lithe and electric, and the compelling imagination behind this work is capable of being both capacious in its perspective yet relentless in its investigations of experience. This chapbook is riveting from beginning to end. — David St. John, author of The Face and Study for the World's Body, recipient of the OB Hardison Jr Poetry Prize for excellence in art & teaching.

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