Kazim Ali





Kazim Ali


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Kazim Ali (born 1971) is an American poet, novelist, essayist and professor. His most recent books are The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009) and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). His honors include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. His poetry and essays have been featured in many literary journals and magazines including The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, Jubilat, The Iowa Review, West Branch and Massachusetts Review, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2007.
In 2003 he co-founded the independent press Nightboat Books, and served as its publisher from 2004 to 2007, and currently serves as a founding editor.
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Bright Felon: Autobiography...

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The Far Mosque

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The Fortieth Day

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Fasting for Ramadan: Notes ...

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Sky Ward

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The Disappearance of Seth

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Quinn's Passage

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Orange Alert: essays on poe...

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All One's Blue

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Windsong

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“God's true language: Hebrew. Latin. Arabic. Sanskrit.

As if utterance fit into the requirements of the human mouth.

I learned how to find the new moon by looking for the circular absence of stars. [...]

I learned God's true language is only silence and breath.”
Kazim Ali, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities

“To me, “queerness” is an alienation from a heteronormative code that governs bodies, genders, and their processes — sexuality, birth, death, and inheritance — in order to preserve social, economic, and political power for those who have it [and] to continue it into future generations.”
Kazim Ali, Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire

“Poetry is the smallest way – it is a small, small way, but it is a way indeed – that the individual body can express its own personhood and value in the face of faceless systems.”
Kazim Ali

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