In the Crocodile Gardens

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This full-length collection of poems is published by Agape Editions (2016), and available now. It has been nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

praise for the collection:

“Infused with an taste of the mythical and infiltrated by tendrils of literary allusion, this elegant collection feels beyond time—and yet it also faces contemporary challenges with uncommon delicacy and insight. And whether it’s treating the war in Afghanistan or the goddess Persephone, each poem conveys an intimacy, a proximity: Razvi’s voice is very, very close to her reader, almost whispering these vibrant images and compelling, highly crafted phrases.”
Cole Swensen, author of The Glass Age, editor of American Hybrid

“Unabashedly passionate in her sharp imagery, her tone, and her vision, Saba Syed Razvi’s poems will have you journey in the realms of crocodile, bulldozer, and the body’s contours.  Enjoy!”
Kimiko Hahn, author of Toxic Flora & Brain Fever

“In her first collection Saba Syed Razvi haunts a spiritual lyricism with ravenous, often predatory language. These poems read like Rumi wrestling a crocodile.”

Roger Sedarat, author of Ghazal Games & Dear Regime.


Review by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens in Barrelhouse, November 29,2016.