Kazim Ali has worked as a political organizer, lobbyist, and yoga instructor. His books include two volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque and The Fortieth Day; the novels Quinn’s Passage and The Disappearance of Seth; and a book of lyric prose, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He has taught writing and literature at various colleges including the Culinary Institute of America, Monroe Community College, Shippensburg University, and New York University, and currently teaches at Oberlin College and in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program. Co-founder of the small press Nightboat Books, his poetry and essays appear widely in such journals as Atlas, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, jubilat, and in Best American Poetry 2007.
Middletown, Connecticut. Wesleyan University Press. 2013. ISBN 9780819573575
There is a kind of fragmentation in contemporary poetry that fails to convince, that seems to have been born only in fragments, calculated to be partial with no authentic relation to a missing whole. And then there is the truer, more compelling form of fragmentation, the kind that hints at a fullness irrecoverable, poign...
you became real to me fatherwhen I saw you fly over me from beneath the waves
a bone-white door against the cloud-white ceilinglooking for me, flapping and furious
I watched you in the dark as you sleptknowing the edge of you only by the deeper darkness
below you now in the blue-black, a starwinking out, I am thinking I may wake up in the labyrinth
and not ever do thisnot seek for the sun