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Ali, Kazim 1971-

Works: 61 works in 131 publications in 1 language and 8,888 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Essays  Creative nonfiction  Literature  Psychological fiction  Political fiction  Anecdotes  Interviews  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other
Classifications: PS3601.L375, 811.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Kazim Ali
Most widely held works by Kazim Ali
Bright felon : autobiography and cities by Kazim Ali( )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 1,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lyrical history of the author's wandering life, featuring autobiographical accounts of his time in different cities, and providing insights into the interdependence between place and identity
Our deep gossip : conversations with gay writers on poetry and desire by Christopher Hennessy( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents interviews with eight gay men who are celebrated American poets and writers, discussing their early lives, friends and communities that shaped their work, histories of gay writers before them, how sex and desire connect with artistic production, and what coming out means to a writer
Sky ward by Kazim Ali( )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New poems from this poet of ""precision and ardor""
Abahn, Sabana, David : a novel by Marguerite Duras( )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Available for the first time in English, Abahn, Sabana, David is a late-career masterpiece from one of France's top writers. Late one evening, David and Sabana, communists, arrive at a country house where they meet Abahn, the man they've been sent to guard and ultimately kill for his perceived transgressions. A fourth man arrives (also named Abahn), and throughout the night these four characters discuss understanding, capitalism, violence, revolution, and dogs. A gun in the house disquiets the scene. Suspenseful and thought-provoking, Duras's novel is evocative of Samuel Beckett as it explores human existence and suffering in the confusing contemporary world"--
Jean Valentine : this-world company by Kazim Ali( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected essays on the work of Jean Valentine
The oasis of now : selected poems of Sohrab Sepehri ; translated from the Persian by Kazim Ali and Mohammad Jafar Mahallati by Suhrāb Sipihrī( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The oasis of now : selected poems by Suhrāb Sipihrī( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First US publication of one of Iran's most important contemporary poets. This bilingual edition includes an essay/introduction by Kazim Ali
Resident alien : on border-crossing and the undocumented divine by Kazim Ali( )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kazim Ali uses a range of subjects--the politics of checkpoints at international borders; difficulties in translation; collaborations between poets and choreographers; and connections between poetry and landscape, or between biotechnology and the human body--to situate the individual human body into a larger global context, with all of its political and social implications. He finds in the quality of ecstatic utterance his passport to regions where reason and logic fail and the only knowledge is instinctual, in physical existence and breath. This collection includes Ali's essays on topics such as Anne Carson's translations of Euripides; the poetry and politics of Mahmoud Darwish; Josey Foo's poetry/dance collaborations with choreographer Leah Stein; Olga Broumas' collaboration with T Begley; Jorie Graham's complication of Kenneth Goldsmith's theories; the postmodern spirituality of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic poet Lalla; translations of Homer, Mandelstam, Sappho, and Hafiz; as well as the poet Reetika Vazirani's practice of yoga."--
The fortieth day : poems by Kazim Ali( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Bible to the Quaraan [Koran], the fortieth day symbolizes the last moment before deliverance, a moment in time when a supplicant or prophet or stormbeaten passenger knows there is no state "after," but finally accepts the present state as a permanent one. In "The Fortieth Day," Kazim Ali follows the fractured narratives and moving lyrics of his debut collection, "The Far Mosque," with a deeply spiritual and meditative book exploring the rhetoric of prayer."--Google Books
The kiss : intimacies from writers by Brian Turner( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this wide-ranging collection of essays, stories, graphic memoir, and cross-genre work, writers explore the deeply human act of kissing."--Jacket
Mad heart be brave : essays on the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali by Kazim Ali( )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001) published seven highly acclaimed poetry collections in his lifetime. A native of Kashmir, he was respected and beloved both in India and the United States, where he taught for two decades in writing programs at schools such as the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Utah, New York University, and Brooklyn College. Ali embraced traditional forms of Western poetry, such as the sonnet, pantoum, villanelle, Sapphic stanzas, and sestine, before innovating an approach in English to the traditional Urdu ghazal. His poetry won the praise of contemporary American masters of form like Carolyn Kizer, James Merrill, and Anthony Hacht and of poetic innovators like Michael Palmer and Donald Revell. Collectively, the twenty essays of Mad Heart Be Brave--some of which are by his former students, now highly regarded poets themselves--offer a comprehensive consideration of Ali's work as poet, teacher, translator, and thinker.There are essays that look at his embrace of traditional forms, his use of appropriation and palimpsest in his poetry, his work as a translator, his influence and approaches as a teacher, and his relationship to the poetry scenes in both India and the United States. Several pieces explore Ali's relationship to the Kashmiri conflict, the question of nationalism, and his groundbreaking collection, The Country Without a Post Office. Later essays look at the erotic content of his work as well as his innovation in poetic forms, including his work at bringing "real ghazals" (as he called them) into English. The book concludes with a retrospective piece by Amitav Ghosh and a comprehensive bibliography of Ali's published work that will be a major resource for future scholarship."--Page 4 of cover
The far mosque by Kazim Ali( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These gently fragmented narrative lyrics pursue enlightenment in long, elegant yet plain-spoken, dark yet ecstatic lines. Ali travels by water and by night, seeking the Far Mosque and its overarching paradox: that when God and Self are one, an ascent into Heaven is a voyage within
Inquisition by Kazim Ali( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 1982 air strikes on Beirut, Faiz Ahmed Faiz asked his friend Mahmoud Darwish "Why aren't the poets writing this war on the walls of the city?" Darwish responded, "Can't you see the walls falling down?" Queer, Muslim, American, Kazim Ali has always navigated complex intersections and interstices on order to make a life. In this scintillating mixture of lyrics, narrative, fragments, prose poem, and spoken word, he answers longstanding questions about the role of the poet or artist in times of political or social upheaval, although he answers under duress. An inquisition is dangerous, after all, especially to Muslims whose poetry and art and spiritual life has always depended not on the Western ideal of a known God or definitive text but on the concepts of abstraction, geometry, vertigo. "Someone always asks 'where are you from,'" Ali writes, "and I want to say 'a body is a body of matter flung/from the far corners of the universe and I am a patriot/of breath of sin of the endless clamor/out the window.'" Ali engages history, politics, and the dangerous regions of the uncharted heart in this visceral new collection."-- From Amazon
L'amour by Marguerite Duras( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A man-- the traveler-- arrives in the seaside town of S. Thala with the intent to abandon his present, and instead finds himself abruptly reintroduced to his past. Through his subsequent interactions with 'her, ' the woman to whom he was briefly engaged as a young man over twenty years ago, and 'him, ' the man who walks and keeps watch over 'her, ' the traveler is soon drawn back in and acclimated to the strange timelessness and company that is S. Thala. Written in a stark and cinematic narrative style, this sequel to Duras's 1964 novel The Ravishing of Lol Stein is a curious, yet haunting representation of the human memory: what we choose to recall, what we choose to forget, and how reliable we ultimately decide ourselves to be"--Publisher's web site
Orange alert : essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence by Kazim Ali( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Orange Alert, Ali discusses poets including Agha Shahid Ali, Jane Cooper, Bhanu Kapil, Semezdin Mehmedinovic, and Samuel Beckett. He considers painters Agnes Martin and Piet Mondrian, musicians Alice Coltrane and Yoko Ono, and philosophers Slavoj Zizek and Jean Baudrillard. Ali links the poetic endeavor to such diverse texts as Moby-Dick, Battlestar Galactica, and Marilyn Buck's prison journals
Others will enter the gates : immigrant poets on poetry, influences, and writing in America( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The oasis of now : selected poems of Sohrab Sepehri by Suhrāb Sipihrī( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silver road : essays, maps & calligraphies by Kazim Ali( Book )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiographical and journalistic essays, diary entries, prose maps, and verse fragments pursue a path through quantum physics, sculptures of the sixth-century Chola Empire, challenges of literary translation, climate change catastrophes, and the destruction of a priceless set of handmade flutes by airport security. Amid these shards from multiple histories and geographies the author finds the cosmological in the quotidian.--
Water's footfall by Suhrāb Sipihrī( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappearance of Seth by Kazim Ali( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Bright felon : autobiography and cities
The fortieth day : poemsThe far mosqueOrange alert : essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silenceThe disappearance of Seth
Alternative Names
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