By Kazim Ali b. 1971 Kazim Ali
we didn’t really speak
my summer wants to answer

the architecture doesn’t matter
this is not my real life

when I am here I want to know
why do I believe what I was taught

a storm is on the way
close all the windows

begin at the earliest hour
is there a self

Kazim Ali, "Autobiography" from The Fortieth Day. Copyright © 2008 by Kazim Ali.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd.

Source: The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions Ltd., 2008)

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Poet Kazim Ali b. 1971

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

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Poet, editor, and prose writer Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom to Muslim parents of Indian descent. He received a BA and MA from the University of Albany-SUNY, and an MFA from New York University. Ali’s poetry collections include The Far Mosque (2005), which won Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day (2008), and Sky Ward (2013). Ali’s poems, both lyric and musical, explore the intersection of . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Mind, Time & Brevity, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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