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The Grimoire of Grimalkin (Salt Modern Poets) Hardcover – 11 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Salt Publishing; First Edition edition (11 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844713091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844713097
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,827,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sasha Akhtar’s Grimoire of Grimalkin, a contemporary masterpiece, is appropriately titled, for it is indeed a textbook of magic and there is certainly something feline but devilish about the voice we hear. This modern-day Liber de occulta philosophia reads like a wassail of honey meade distilled through concepts, as is when we read that “Egalité sounds like a burp” (p. 9). The magic this grimoire offers to der Zauberlehrling is that of words themselves, spells for spelling the world anew, for divining the words that lie beneath the surface, for summoning communication where it is not: “She loves him / this dead man / girlfriend tells / stories in French / subtitled in Vietnamese” (p.13). This work by a master smith is written in language―not in a language, but in language. The scurrying of energies that carry the reader along communicate to the reader in their very inter-communication with each other. The spell lasts from beginning to end. Read it. (Phillip John Usher, Lecturer in French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College (Columbia University).)

Dans son Grimoire, Sasha Akhtar nous montre des intestins et de l’intelligence : elle n’ignore pas que, pour que la philosophie occulte soit digne de ce nom, il ne faut pas trop dire. Ce livre, voulu par la matière dont il se nourrit, est un mugissement sans nom. Le lecteur aura peur parfois d’être dupe, il aura peur parfois d’être devenu sorcier à son tour, il aura peur parfois d’avoir refait le monde à son image, puis s’arrachera les yeux. La poésie contemporaine attendait ce livre. (Christian Zorka, auteur de Sièges (Montréal: Le Quartanier, 2006).


Besides an inveterate love of language which makes you write "her malachite décolletage," whatever else you need to be a good poet is here. It could be sounds. Come right in; don't step gently then. (Bernadette Mayer)|Sascha Akhtar repels ghosts with this text and liberates the word from the burden of meaning. These poems are spells and sonorous soundings that have the power to frighten, seduce or enchant. Akhtar aspires to magic. This is a timeless and vital collection from a poet willing to transcend the liminal. (Anthony Joseph)

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