Benefits of Doubt by Cyrus Armajani

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Benefits of Doubt by Cyrus Armajani


Cyrus Armajani’s debut poetry collection, Benefits of Doubt, is borne of the worlds of public policy and public art. These are public poems, leaving room for readers to question, doubt, and come to their own understandings. One cannot help but sense the caring hand, open mind, and desire for a world more just and democratic than the world we currently inhabit.

What People Have to Say

"These poems are clean-crisp, and sharp-witted too. Armajani’s Benefits of Doubt is what you love about poetry—the distillation of experience that makes beauty come alive in the quotidian. These poems gift you with seeing anew. As we go about in a state of “not”—not paying attention—here is Armajani reminding us to “write from your inner cliff your inner mule not jumping,” helping us to recognize that we are living our lives “as if there’s no end stop.” The play of language continues on in that conversational tone that gives you the distinct feeling poetry is always with you. It is even found there in the “Dialogue” of juveniles, breaking down the difference between robbing and stealing is that “robbing is when you go right up to someone and say/ gimme all you got.” And there is no doubt, for this collection, Armajani has emptied out his pockets for you." 

– Arisa White, author of Black Pearl (2016)

"Cyrus Armajani’s poetry follows radio waves that stretch across the world; it sketches a precise cartography of three, four, even five dimensions as it reflects the decidedly uncertain in the empirical.  Open these pages to find an atlas of practical advice for a surreal navigation of what human have made of this world.  His is an odd theology that squats smack in the silences of dialectical materialism."  

– Sharon Coleman, author of Paris Blinks

"In Benefits of Doubt, we meet a mind preternaturally alert to the subtlest congress of meanings that shift beneath the utterances of daily speech and the experiences of daily life. Cyrus Armajani follows each movement with alarming skill, and in so doing he exposes to us what vitalizes the spectrum of doubt that shapes how we perceive the world we inhabit. The text is kaleidoscopic in its ranging from the candid to the contrived, from the authentic to the absurd. Yet when we take in the whole of the work, we realize a complex, even beguiling glimpse of the revelatory."

– Rusty Morrison, author of Beyond the Chainlink

Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers. 

September 2016 • 5.5 x 7.5 • 75 pp. • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-0-9970933-5-3

Original front- and back-cover artwork by Fernando Marti

Interior and cover design by Britta Fithian-Zurn

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