"This is a kind of art that can't be faked or manufactured, a poetry derived only of witness, impulse, and vision. City of Rivers is a triumph by any standard." -- Michael McGriff
The poems in CIty of Rivers-- the first full-length collection from 23-year-old wunderkind Zubair Ahmed-- are clear and cool as a glass of water. Grounded in his childhood in Bangladesh, Ahmed's spare, evocative poems cast a knowing eye on the wider world, telling us what it's like to be displaced and replaced, relocated and dislocated. His poems are suffused with a graceful, mysterious pathos-- and also with joy, humor, and longing-- with the full range of human emotions. City of Rivers is a remarkable and precocious debut.
Zubair Ahmed was born in 1988 and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2005, his family won the Diversity Visa Lottery, which granted them the opportunity to immigrate to the US. During the year-and-a-half before moving, Ahmed dropped out of school and became a professional video gamer. In 2005, Ahmed's family moved to Duncanville, Texas, where he finished high school. Ahmed now studies mechanical engineering and creative writing at Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Solar Car Team, president of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and has recently delved into business and startups.
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