Yaqoob Ghaznavi's second poetry collection, shape shifter, presents glorious poems full of heart, gentleness, and vigor, explorations of the world, and the self. Ghaznavi is a master of voice, rhythm
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Yaqoob Ghaznavi's second poetry collection, shape shifter, presents glorious poems full of heart, gentleness, and vigor, explorations of the world, and the self. Ghaznavi is a master of voice, rhythm, line, image, and idea. His extraordinary poems are ones you will want to return to again and again, like moments shared with a dear friend. This collection is a letter sent on a remarkable journey, through towns of rain, passing gardeners keeping secrets, and always, the finely drawn moments of connection: the things that poets capture so well.
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Yaqoob Ghaznavi was born in India and has lived in Pakistan, England, Germany, the USA, and Hong Kong. Yaqoob received a B.Sc. from the University of Karachi, and completed his graduate studies at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1972 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada with his wife and two children. Yaqoob began running half-marathons and writing poetry in his early sixties. His poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Vallum and Turbulence (U.K.), Crannog (Ireland), Auorean (USA), Sterling (Canada), and the Poetry Review Salzburg (Austria). Yaqoob Ghaznavi's first book of poetry, Under the Almond Tree, was published by The Ontario Poetry Society. Yaqoob died in Thornhill, Ontario in 2016. His second book of poetry, shape shifter, will be released in December 2020.