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All One's Blue
All One's Blue

All One's Blue

by Kazim Ali

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Language

English

Publisher

Harper Collins

ISBN

9789351775409 - Year: 2015 - Pages: 162

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Kazim Ali
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 162
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789351775409

Description

Kazim Ali is a traveler both in time and in space, taking us into worlds that seem far apart--the omnipresent pastness of Cairo, contemporary Albany, the music of Alice Coltrane--but which, in fact, are bound together by his breath; the ways he breathes are the ways he writes. The result, far from being insubstantial, is as real as the sky, forever changing above us without our knowledge, but which achingly asks us to follow the poet as he dares its embrace. This is a beautiful, haunting book.' -Adil Jussawalla

'Age-old stories made of rain and skin and flowering into wild bush fires are born out of Kazim Ali's poetry. The then and the now become blurred as he relives with a new urgency the interrogations of our time through the prism of Sufi lore and song. Myths forming the skeleton of men are seized and burst apart. Between endless time and ephemeral instant, the poet's words draw us into a dancing net where we shake with untold uncertainties: "Illusion is the sheet and the thing lying under it." The secrecy of desire lies deep at the heart of this collection of poetry--immensely seductive.' -Ananda Devi

Contents

Contents

EARLY POEMS
THE BOOK OF MIRIAM, THE PROPHETESS
The River Bank
The Plagues
At the Court of the Pharaoh
He Came Down from the Mountain
The Lament of Miriam
The Promise of the Land
Miriam Remembering the Last Plague. Long After.
Miriam's Last Prophecy
GHAIBAT

FROM THE FAR MOSQUE
Gallery
Renunciation
The Agnes Martin Room
Source
Speech
Departure
The Year of Summer
Rain
The Return of Music
Dear Rumi
The New World
July

FROM THE FORTIETH DAY
Lostness
Morning Prayer
Dear Sunset, Dear Avalanche
The Art of Breathing
Cave
Ornithography Sleep Door
Garland
Evening Prayer
Two Halves
Ramadan
Dear Lantern, Dear Cup
August
Four o'clock

FROM BRIGHT FELON: AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND CITIES
Carlisle
Cairo
Albany

FROM SKY WARD
Fairy Tale
Autobiography
Icarus
Icarus' Prayer
Icarus Adrift
The Plaint of Marah, Woman of Sodom
Promisekeeper
The Wrestler
Dear Shams
Confession

OCEAN STREET
Dear Alice, Dear Coltrane
Ocean Street

FROM PSYCHOPHONIC
Flower Gate
Tower of Babel
Plunder
The Astronomer
Mosaic (His Prayer)
Abu Nawaaz
Random Search
Chopping the Birch
How to Spend All One's Blue
Advice Column
Bird Hospital
Letter

TRANSLATIONS OF FAIZ AHMED FAIZ
Nocturne
Return
The Truth Is a Lie
Tonight
Loneliness
Speak

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